Posted by Craig Mitchell at 10:24 PM
Saturday night at Citi Field, the Met offense exploded having its best day of 2015. The Mets beat up on the Dodgers 15-2. It was Harvey day, and the Met offense burst out of its doldrums with 21 hits and 15 runs in full support. Rookie Michael Conforto and Kirk Nieuwenhuis both led the way each going 4 for 4 with a walk on the evening. Conforto getting his first four major league hits with 2 doubles, 2 singles, 3 runs scored and an RBI. Nieuwenhuis had a double, 3 singles and 4 RBI. Newly acquired Met Kelly Johnson batted 4th played 2nd and went 2 for 6 with a home run, his 10th and an RBI. Daniel Murphy went 2 for 4 with a home run, his 6th and 3 RBI. Ruben Tejada went 3 for 6 with 2 runs scored. Lucas Duda hit a pair of solo homers his 13th and 14th on the year. Matt Harvey not only earned his 9th win, but went 2 for 4 with a double and 2 RBI in the rout. Harvey improved to 9-7 going 7 allowed 6 hits 2 runs (both earned) walking 1 and striking out 4. The only runs Harvey allowed were solo homers by Jimmy Rollins and Joc Pederson. Rollins got his 3rd in 3 games and 11th on the year in the 5th and Pederson got his 21st in the 6th. Jenrry Mejia pitched a scoreless 8th, Jeurys Familia a scoreless 9th. Zack Lee took the loss in his major league debut allowing 7 runs on 11 hits in 4 innings. He’s 0-1. The 15 runs are the Mets biggest offensive output since they scored 16 against the twins on April 12th 2013. With the win the Mets are now 50-48 and 33-16 at Citi Field. The Nats won on Saturday so the Mets keep pace and are still 3 games in back of 1st in the NL east. Sunday afternoon, a truly a premier pitching match-up of the season as Jacob deGrom (10-6 2.18) goes for the Mets, Zach Greinke (9-2 1.30) puts his 43 2/3 scoreless inning streak on the line for the Dodgers.