Smith, McNeill by 4 strokes when the Mets defeated Phils behind Scherzer


NEW YORK (AP) – Three teams, two seasons – Max Scherzer just doesn’t lose.

Sometimes it just takes a little help from his friends.

Dominic Smith won 4 on 4 with three IRBs to support the inconsistent Scherzer, and the New York Mets won their seventh straight in a row to start the year, beating Philadelphia Phillies 10-6 on Sunday night.

“It’s pretty fantastic. It’s been a lot of fun so far, ”said Jeff McNeill. “This team is playing great baseball. We seem to be doing everything right. “

McNeil also had four of 15 hits in New York, and Starling Marte went through three races. The Mets took two of three in the weekend set, which began with NL East leaders unveiling the second in the franchise history on Friday night, which is unharmed – a combined gemstone by Taylor Magil and four Relvers.

Prior to that run New York (16-7) had never won more than five series in a row to start the season. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the previous major league club that took the first seven series was Arizona Diamondbacks 2018, which won the first nine.

Scherzer (4-0) scored his first five beats for the first time in his career and sometimes looked victorious. But he gave up two home runs against Mets nemesis Kyle Schwarber and a solo hit by Bryce Harper on the field 0-2.

“I thought we did a good job with our bits today,” Schwarber said. “I thought he had his good things.”

Three-time award winner Sai Young has remained undefeated since joining the Mets under a three-year, $ 130 million contract. He has a 15-0 record – the longest winning streak of his career – in his last 24 regular season starts following Milwaukee’s 3-0 defeat on May 30, 2021 to the Washington Nationals, who eventually traded him for the Los Angeles Dodgers in July.

“That’s what we’re talking about. Come here and your club will win, ”Scherzer said. “It’s not about me. It’s not about my things. It’s about getting out and doing your best to get the team to come out victorious. That’s why tonight is a wonderful evening. Everyone put their hand to it. “

The right-hander struck out nine and passed every sixth inning. He gave up four runs and five strokes.

Scherzer’s teams have won each of his last 18 starts in the regular season. In last year’s playoffs with the Dodgers, he abandoned San Francisco 1-0.

“Oddly enough, I could very easily lose tonight,” Scherzer said. “But I didn’t. My teammates took me away. “

With a score of 3 in the fifth, New York loaded bases against starter Zach Eflin (1-2). The reverse series was credited after J.J. T. Realmouth, and Smith’s two innings in the middle made the score 6-3.

Marte caught a diver in the right field to thwart a potential Phyllis rally in the seventh, and a mistake by a second man from base Jean Seguro helped the Mets get three in the bottom half – including a two-morning single by Marte.

McNeill added a double RBI in the eighth, comparing his career to his ninth game with four strokes. The last four played Philadelphia.

“It’s pretty cool. I’ll take it, ‘said McNeill with a smile.

Smith entered night 6 of 36 (.167) with four RBIs this season. He also equaled the highest career figures in the number of hits. Five of his 13 games with three strokes went against Phyllis.

“I feel that when you come out of the bench, you have to be realistic and just fine with childish steps,” Smith said. “So I think I had pretty decent punches, and tonight was just good to finally succeed.”

Johan Camargo scored Homer twice for Philadelphia by John Lopez with two outs in the ninth.

Lopez threw Schwarber inside, forcing the judge to warn both benches after Francisco Lindar was shot down at 93 mph in the eighth. Lopez then beat Alec Bohm 1-2, but was not thrown out.


Teams have to cut their active rosters from 28 players to 26 on Monday, leaving many wondering whether the Mets will change DH / 2B Robinson Canó. The 39-year-old Kano, who sat last season serving his second disqualification for performance-enhancing drugs, beats 0.195 with one Homer, three IRBs and a paltry 0.501 OPS in 12 games. This year he earns $ 24 million, and next season, in the final year of the contract, owes another $ 24 million.

“I think it’s definitely going to be a very emotional day, no matter who it is,” Smith said.

New York manager Buck Shawolter said the team is likely to cut one pitcher and one positional player.

“It’s hard,” he said. “It will hurt. … A lot of healthy debates about it. ”

Philadelphia’s plan is to shave off two caves from the list, said manager Joe Girardi.


The Mets are 4-2 against Phyllis, and on Thursday in Philadelphia the division rivals met again in the opening set of four games. By the end of May, they are playing 13 times.

Coaching room

Phyllis: On Monday the team didn’t have a short stop Didi Gregorius got a break to give him a two-day break. Girard hopes this can completely cure the bruise on his left arm that took Gregorius away for five games late last month.

Mets: RHP Sean Reed-Foley has been listed as a victim for 10 days with a partially torn elbow collateral ligament in his elbow joint that will take him aside indefinitely. He may need Tommy John’s surgery. Lopez was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse to take the bullpen seat.


Phyllis: LHP Ranger Suarez (2-0, 4.42 ERA) on Tuesday night at home against Texas Rangers RHP John Gray (0-1, 7.00).

Mets: In the first match between rivals East East this season, New York hosts World Series champion Atlanta Braves on Monday night. Chris Basitt (3-1, 2.25 ERA) filed for the Mets against Max Fried (2-2, 3.00) in the opening of a four-game series that includes a doubleheader on Tuesday.


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