New York — Taylor Miguelwho started the second no-batting in the Mets’ history, didn’t know what he had started until long after he had left the hill. Drew Smith And Seth Logo They were in the coach’s room when the television broadcast informed them; They rushed to the ninth bunker. So I did Julie Rodriguez, who was receiving treatment as he was overwhelmed by realization. He also returned to the field.
Just Edwin Diaz He understood the situation while he was in the game, although by that point, it would have been hard for anyone at Citi Field to be surprised. When Diaz hit Bryce Harper to open the ninth inning on Friday, the crowd was already pretty much on his feet. When Diaz cheered Nick Castellanos, more of their seats rose. When JT hit Realmuto to score a 3-0 win over the Phillies and the 315th underdog in major league history, Diaz pumped his fist, shrieked and allowed his teammates to overpower him.
“How often do you see no hitter?” Consider the first man at the base Pete Alonso, who had single-handedly contributed Homer to the victory. “It’s like seeing a white buffalo or a rhinoceros.”
Megill was never a part of anyone, even in the Little League, but he played the most important role in contributing to the first 15 eliminations. Little came easily. With his low speed and inconsistent control, Miguel needed 88 throws to complete five rounds. He walked three strokes and was the beneficiary of diving Brandon Nemo in the third inning who stole an injury to Jean Segura. Even at that point, manager Buck Showalter realized that Miguel, a young bowler with workload concerns, “was obviously not going to finish the game.”
Thus the non-thumper became more than a rhinoceros, rather more than a colorless buffalo. Out of 315 no at the highest level, Only 17 joint efforts have been made. Only 27 of them included at least six walks. This box examined both alternative boxes, while also requiring more beats (159) than any hitter since the number of beats became a widely available statistic in 1987.
For some, the joint nature of the no-hitter may underestimate the value of achievement. For the Mets, who are working to build a unified team identity, this has cemented the achievement.
“It’s something [will] said James McCann, who caught all nine rounds. “Whether it’s a one-shot or five-shooter, it doesn’t hit. It’s just special.”
From Megill, the Mets has turned to Smith, one of seven MLB bowlers to throw more than nine innings this season without letting in a run. Smith hit four of the five hitters he encountered and left with a standing ovation – his first clue that something important was happening.
Next came Rodriguez, a late-spring commercial acquisition who walked the first hit he saw, causing double play in the next court and then putting the Mets into eighth with no change. Rodriguez passed the ball to Lugo, one of the strongest members of the shooting team since 2016. He only needed five pitches to score two wins.
Finally, it was time for Diaz, who stepped into the midst of pulsating entry music that brought in much of the advertised 32,416 crowd. Many wore black shirts in solidarity with the Mets, who donned their black jerseys for the first time this season.
“The best way I can describe is you shake a soda bottle, and you just wait for the cap to come off,” Alonso said. “I feel like we all know what’s going to happen because all of our guys, when they got the ball, were just spotlights.”
Back in the club, after one of the most dominant roles in Diaz’s career, the Mets blasted DMX songs as they jumped into place and danced to celebrate. Miguel referred to himself as “high,” while others mocked his unfeeling exterior. Across the road, the Feliz calmed themselves with platitudes, even while acknowledging the greater truth pointed out by this non-beater.
“It’s a good Mets out there,” Harper said. “I don’t think they’re going anywhere anytime quickly.”
In that sense, this non-hitting number rang differently than the one thrown by Johan Santana on June 1, 2012. This number, a first in franchise history, provided a unique highlight on the underwhelming Mets. He also removed the burden of history from Citifield, and opened the door for others to follow.
“It’s one of the highlights that we see here a lot before games, after games, and during rain delays, they always play that game again,” said Nemo. “It’s something you love, ‘I would like to be part of a game they play over and over again. “
As one of the longest-running Mets, Nimmo has endured a long wait, even as the club rose to prominence with one of the best youth baseball tournaments. Throughout the league, 39 players were made after Santana, including the efforts of 18 different teams.
Now, the Mets have another of their own. It was unconventional. It was crooked. But it was, as Nemo said, “one of the ones you guys will play over and over again.”
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