CINCINNATI — Mets needs an ace with two of the most famous pitchers on the injured list, and Thai Juan Walker is doing its job well.
Simply put, the right-handed man was the power Mets received when he represented the team in an all-star game in Colorado last year. His series of work suggests that he participates in repetitive conversations as a National League All-Star.
Walker bent his muscles again on Monday night. Except for the early home runs allowed, he manually processed the Reds lineup with a 7-4 win at Mets at the Great American Ballpark. The victory was Mets' three consecutive victories, following the first three consecutive defeats of the season.
Walker allowed three hits and three winning runs in nine strikeouts and one walk, over six innings. His ERA rose to 2.86 and was ranked 9th in the NL. Walker has thrown at least 6 innings in each of the last 6 starts, allowing only one start this season and more than 4 wins in the start. With his last 11 starts, he owns a 2.53 ERA and carries Jacob de Grom and Max Scherzer luggage in IL. Shelzer will return to his first start on Tuesday night since May 18th.
Mets (50-30) with the soaring Braves Before heading to Atlanta next week for the three-game series, we certainly welcome the backlash of this schedule against Reds and Marlins.
The fifth Francisco Lindor solohomer gave Mets a 4-3 lead over Hunter Green. The explosion was Lindor's thirteenth season and the second in Mets after Pete Alonso's 22 Homers. Lindor took full advantage of the count before pulling the 100 mph fast ball into the right field seat. For Green, who needed 12 pitches to retire Brandon Nimo, it was like a fierce inning.
The second Nimo 3-run home base gave Mets a 3-0 advantage. Mark Kana was hit by the pitch in the inning, and Thomas Nido became a single before Nimo jumped on the slider on the first pitch and took a seat in the right field. Nimo's Homer was the sixth in the season.
Mets extended his lead to 6th place in Dominique Smith's two-run double against left-handed Reiver Sanmartin. Smith, who entered the night at .487 OPS against left-handed players this season, has been punching Mets since he recently returned from the Triple A Syracuse stint. In the seventh, Eduardo Escobar, who became homeless for the first time in four games, stroked the RBI single that sank the Reds in the 7-3 hole.
Former Mets utility man Brandon Drury continued the first half of the All-Star with a three-run home run in the third inning, drawing 3-3. Homer was the fourth to be granted by Walker this season and the first in San Diego since June 7. Walkers in play were third in the major leagues (at least among 70 innings of pitchers) with a ratio of 0.35 Homer per 9 innings.
Matt Reynolds — Three ex-Mets in the Cincinnati lineup Aramis Garcia became a single after being hit by a pitch to start the rally with one person, Drury and Albert Almora Jr. Drury's explosion was his 17th season.
Drew Smith allowed Nick Sensel, who sliced Mets' lead to 7-4, seven solo homers.