Timely hitting from a pair of veteran outfielders pushed the New York Mets to a 6-5 victory over the San Diego Padres Tuesday night.
Cespedes, who hadn’t gone deep in 88 at-bats, opened the scoring in the top of the first with a solo home run to left field. He’d follow that up with a RBI double in the top of the fifth and a RBI triple in the top of the top of the seventh.
That’s right—Yo finished the game just a single shy of the cycle.
Seth Lugo was good, not great, allowing eight hits and four runs (three earned) over six innings of work. Still, he improved his record on the season to 5-2.
Addison Reed struggled for the second consecutive game, allowing a run and two hits in the bottom of the ninth. Like Lugo, however, he got the job done and picked up his 18th save of the season.
All-Star Reliever Moving Toward Return
Jeurys Familia is just about ready to throw off a mound for the first time since surgery. "We'll see him this season," Terry Collins said.
— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) July 25, 2017
An All-Star in 2016, Familia began the season serving a 15-game suspension for violating MLB’s domestic violence policy. Only a few weeks later, he was lost to injury.
He’s thrown a total of 9.1 innings for the Mets in 2017, pitching to a 3.86 ERA and 1.61 WHIP. Over parts of six seasons, he’s pitched to a 2.51 ERA and 1.20 WHIP.
While a positive development, Familia is still weeks away from rejoining the team. Assuming he has no setbacks, that is. Which, as all Mets fans know, is something we can’t assume.
Backup Catcher On the Move?
Rene Rivera has been the ideal backup catcher for the Mets, but the 33-year-old may not be long for Flushing. According to a report from Newsday‘s Marc Carig, the Chicago Cubs have an interest in swinging a deal for the nine-year veteran.
He won’t bring back a significant return, but dealing him for something is better than letting him walk as a free agent after the season. Should the Mets trade him, Kevin Plawecki figures to take over as Travis d’Arnaud‘s primary backup.