The New York Mets’ first-month success does not ensure playoff success or the franchise’s first championship in 36 years.
The Mets, on the other hand, know that one moment from 2022 will be replayed at Citi Field and on the team’s broadcasts in perpetuity following Friday night.
The New York Mets will try to capitalize on the momentum of their second no-hitter in franchise history when they face the Philadelphia Phillies in the middle game of a three-game series between the National League East rivals on Saturday night.
Taijuan Walker (0-0, 0.00 ERA) will start for the Mets against Kyle Gibson (2-1, 3.47) in a clash of right-handed pitchers.
Five Mets pitchers combined to no-hit the Phillies in a 3-0 win over the Phillies on Friday night.
Drew Smith, Joely Rodriguez, Seth Lugo, and Edwin Diaz got the final 12 outs in New York’s first no-hitter since Johan Santana’s gem against the St. Louis Cardinals on June 1, 2012. Tylor Megill pitched five innings and was in a position to win when Jeff McNeil hit a two-run single in the bottom of the fifth.
“One of the highlights we see most often here is (the Santana no-hitter) — before games, after games, during rain delays,” Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo said. “It’s something where you think to yourself, ‘I’d like to be a part of a game that they play all the time.’
“I’m just trying to take it all in and enjoy the evening.” It’s one of those songs that you’ll repeatedly be hearing.”
For the first time in team history, the Mets, who have the best record in baseball at 15-6, won their first six series. Their plus-36 run differential is the third-best in baseball with the crosstown Yankees.
“I think we’ve done a nice job of answering the bell so far,” said Pete Alonso, who knocked a solo home run in the sixth inning on Friday. “All we have to do now is keep rolling — keep going and competing every day, focused only on who’s in front of us on that particular day.”
The Phillies, who arrived in New York after sweeping the Colorado Rockies 32-9 in a four-game series, drew six walks but couldn’t get a hit after a diving Nimmo caught Jean Segura’s liner for the third-inning final out.
“The best part is that it’s only one defeat, right?” After losing a no-hitter for the first time in his career as a player or manager, Phillies manager Joe Girardi stated with a chuckle.
With the Yankees, Girardi caught Dwight Gooden’s no-hitter and David Cone’s perfect game, and in 2006, he was the manager of the Florida Marlins when Anibal Sanchez pitched a no-hitter.
“I’ve seen many of them,” he continued, “so it’s a fascinating period.” “However, it’s still only one game.”
Walker made his first start against the Phillies on April 11, striking out four of the six batters he faced before leaving with a stiff shoulder. In a simulated game on Monday, he pitched four innings.
In seven career starts versus Philadelphia, he is 1-2 with a 3.15 ERA.
Gibson won his most recent start against the Rockies, allowing two runs over 5 2/3 innings in the Phillies’ 8-2 triumph on Monday.