The New York Mets completed their two-game sweep over the Yankees with a 3-2 walk-off win on July 27. Here are three takeaways from the game.
The New York Mets hosted two games against the Yankees at Citi Field. They took the first contest in a convincing 6-3 victory after a four-run first inning. The Yankees had the chance to even things up with a win on Wednesday, yet that was not the case.
It was another heartbreaking loss for the Yankees. They tied things up late on a two-run homer by Gleyber Torres. However, the Mets got the last laugh when Starling Marte hit a walk-off RBI single to give the home team the 3-2 victory.
Here are three takeaways from the game.
Max Scherzer’s birthday bash
Looking at the matchup, the Mets were at the advantage. The Yankees were sending out Domingo German, who got shelled by the Houston Astros in his return from the injured list. The Mets had Max Scherzer, who was pitching on his birthday. And what a showing he had.
Through seven scoreless innings, Scherzer struck out six batters, walked two, and allowed five hits. Now, his ERA is lowed to an impressive 2.09.
Scherzer’s impact was immediate, considering that the Yankees tied things up in the eighth inning once he left the game for good. This is why the Mets got Scherzer, to help them winning meaningful games against the top teams in the league. And he did just that.
Aaron Judge is a human after all
Aaron Judge is the frontrunner to win the AL MVP award considering the heck of a season he has had thus far in his contract year. Even in the first game of the series, Judge made his impact known with a solo home run in the first inning off Taijuan Walker.
But on Wednesday, Judge had a game to forget. He received five at bats against the Mets and did not record a single hit. He did, however, strikeout three times and left five runners on base.
It was a rare bad game at the plate for Judge. Now, he pivots to the team’s upcoming series against the Kansas City Royals.
Daniel Vogelbach trade complicated for Mets
The Mets were in need of a designated hitter as they approached the trade deadline. So, they decided to give the Pittsburgh Pirates a call, and successfully pulled off a trade for Daniel Vogelbach. The issue was that they had to deal relief pitcher Colin Holderman, which was not a popular move amongst Mets fans.
While the back-end of the bullpen is set with closer Edwin Diaz and Adam Ottavino, but they need some more depth with Holderman gone. That was evident when manager Buck Showalter brought in David Peterson in the eighth inning, who walked Anthony Rizzo in his first at-bat, and then surrendered the homer to Torres.
It is evident that the Mets need to add more arms for their bullpen to truly make it a certified threat to the opposition. If they do, they have a serious chance of making it to the World Series.