It was arguably the battle of the National League’s biggest disappointments this season on Friday at Citi Field, however, there were some signs of encouragement for the home side.
The Mets (33-36) bats broke in much-needed fashion in their 6-1 series opener over the Cardinals (27-43) and wasted no time making roll the good vibes. At the bottom of the first, Brett Baty ripped a two RBI brace down the right field line to take an early 2-0 lead – after Francisco Lindor dug in a 2-1-3 double play with the bases busy and nobody. .
Tommy Pham – 2 for 4 with two RBIs – added a third inning in the first with his RBI single, as their early outburst would be all they needed.
Tylor Megill put in a solid performance on Friday night. The right-hander threw six innings allowing four hits and a run – on a solo homer from Wilson Contreras – while striking out seven. It was a well-deserved rebounding performance for the 27-year-old who gave up seven runs during from his last outing on June 9 against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The Mets welcomed Daniel Vogelbach to the roster on Friday after not appearing in a game since losing to the Braves on June 7. It was his first homer since May 7 against the Colorado Rockies and his third of the season.
Dominic Leone and Josh Walker put the finishing touches to victory after Megill’s strong outing as the Mets would secure a 6-1 win.
Kodai Senga will take the ball for the Amazins to try and secure the series victory over veteran right-hander Adam Wainwright. Senga boasts a best ERA of 3.34 after his seven-inning performance against the Pirates on June 10.