PHILADELPHIA — All the parts were in place Tuesday night for everything to snap back together. The Mets got off to a brilliant start, ran into trouble, and the opposing crowd was beginning to sense it could happen again.
This time it wasn’t Carlos Carrasco (Sunday’s starter, who went by a margin) or the combination of Taijuan Walker and David Peterson (who was tag-teaming on Monday), but Tylor Megill left the game in the sixth inning, with the Mets on holding onto a one-running edge.
But when disaster should strike, as happened in the eighth inning in the previous two games, the Mets threw strikes instead. The Bullpen earned some justification with a 2-0 win over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.
To their relief, Chasen Shreve was excellent, as was Drew Smith, who was a surprising pick for 1 2/3 innings. In the ninth lap, Edwin Diaz found himself in danger but slipped out with a series of sliders.
Shreve, who played a role in Sunday’s eighth-inning meltdown in Washington, inherited a second-place runner with an out in the sixth inning. The left-hander was called for perhaps the game’s biggest out. It came quickly as he made Kyle Schwarber bounce on his first throw.
“Shreve, Smith, Diaz, these guys were incredible,” said Brandon Nimmo.
Shreve got Bryce Harper to start the seventh as well before passing the baton to Smith, who has shown better things to start this season while another year away from the 2019 Tommy John surgery.
Smith faced danger in the eighth round when he gave Nick Castellanos a one-out double, but he reached back to beat both Rhys Hoskins and Didi Gregorius. His last pitch to the former Yankees shortstop was 97 mph.
“Should have been 98,” Smith said with a smile, before referring to the speed gains from the night’s starting pitcher. “I have to go to the [Tylor] Megill program.”
Manager Buck Showalter begged Smith for plenty of length, giving a rested Adam Ottavino another day off. But Showalter said there were no injury concerns and suggested Ottavino would be fresh for Wednesday’s game.
After Smith, it was Diaz who allowed JT Realmuto a one-off infield single. Nick Castellanos followed and continued with a hot shot at Francisco Lindor, who couldn’t take second place quickly enough.
But with the potential winning run on the plate, Diaz got Hoskins to swing three sliders.
“This is one of the better offensive teams you’ll see all year,” Showalter said. “Rating them out in their stadium is quite a tribute to the pitching staff and [pitching coach] jeremy [Hefner].”
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