As Buck Showalter likes to say: “Tell the baseball gods your plan and they’ll laugh in your face.”
Dominic Smith might be on the chopping block, but then he crushed too many baseballs to care. Smith enjoyed a 4-for-4 night at the plate with three RBIs and a run to help the Mets seal a 10-6 win over the Phillies on Sunday night at Citi Field. Smith amassed his career-high four hits in a game, also against the Phillies, doing so for the first time since September 6, 2020.
The Mets (16–7) won their seventh-straight series to start the year, becoming the first team since the 2018 Diamondbacks to win their first seven series.
Smith is among the few Mets players, along with JD Davis and Louis Guillorme, who have minor league options before the Monday afternoon deadline to reduce the roster to 26 men. Smith entered 19 games on Sunday night, batting 6-36, with limited opportunities to contribute in an everyday role due to Pete Alonso’s custody of first base and the revolving door at designated hitter.
But when Smith filled his column on the scorecard with a single, an RBI double, a two-run single and – just for good measure – another single, he forced the Mets’ hand. If the Mets, after breakout night at Smith’s plate, decide to include him as part of their two-roster cut on Monday, it will be both cold-blooded and riot-inspiring to their fan base.
Max Schaezer wasn’t his most impressive self against a tough Phillies lineup on Sunday, but he still managed to secure his fourth win as a mate and extend his unbeaten start streak to 24 consecutive outings.
Scherzer conceded four runs on five hits in his six-innings debut at Citi Field, including three home runs, including a walk and nine strikeouts. The right-handed batsman fired, facing the first five batsmen before a certain divisional enemy opened the floodgates.
Kyle Schwarber, the running Mets killer, became the ultimate Mets killer on Sunday when he hit not one, but two home shavers. Schwarber has scored 16 home runs in his first 36 matches against the Mets, including 11 since the start of last season. Schwarber and the Phillies will meet the Mets again before the end of the week, when the Amazons travel to Philly for a four-match series on Thursday.
On Monday, the Mets will take on their next NL East Division rival, the second-placed Braves, in a four-match series at Citi Field. This week marks the first meeting of the season between the Mets and Braves, and Chris Bassitt will kick off the series with his fifth start of the year.