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The Mets make history with combined no-hitter, and it's just the beginning..
Five Mets pitchers combine for the second no-hitter in franchise history on Friday night. Plus, why this won't be the last special moment of 2022.
What’s Up with the Mets? 🎊
The Mets recorded their second no-hitter in franchise history on Friday night, defeating the Phillies 3-0 (story)
Tylor Megill, Drew Smith, Joely Rodríguez, Seth Lugo and Edwin Díaz were the pitchers for the club’s first ever combined no-no (box)
The 159 pitches thrown by the Mets on Friday are the most for any no-hitter since pitch counts have been tracked (Petriello)
The only other no-hitter in Mets history took place just shy of 10 years ago on June 1, 2012 by LHP Johan Santana
This way the fourth no-hitter in Citi Field history — the others by Giants RHP Chris Heston, Mets LHP Johan Santana and Nationals RHP Max Scherzer
Friday night’s performance was just the 17th combined no-hitter in baseball history
The last time Buck Showalter was the manager for a no-hitter was 28 years ago when Jim Abbott accomplished the feat for the Yankees during the 1993 season
2B Jeff McNeil drove home a pair on a two-run single in the 5th inning while 1B Pete Alonso hit his first home run in 40 plate appearances in the 6th to account for all of the team’s runs
The Mets are now 3-1 vs the Phillies to start the season and have an MLB-best .700 winning percentage
RHP Tylor Megill (4-0, 1.93 ERA) started off the no-no and continued his dominance with five hitless innings, three walks and five strikeouts
RHP Drew Smith took the mantle from Megill and still remains unscored upon in all nine of his appearances in the 2022 season
RHP Edwin Díaz struck out the side on just 13 pitches in the 9th inning to notch his third straight save in as many chances and complete the no-hitter
Today’s Game 🗓
Match-up: Mets (15-6) vs. Phillies (10-11)
Where: Citi Field — Flushing, NY
Starters: RHP Taijuan Walker (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. RHP Kyle Gibson (2-1, 3.47 ERA)
When: 7:10 PM EST
Where to Watch: SNY, FS1
In the afterglow of history… 📝
For the longest time, I never thought I’d see the New York Mets pitch a no-hitter. Now I’ve seen it twice.
I find myself here on the morning after the second no-hitter in Mets franchise history and the afterglow is still being felt. It’s as if it were the morning hangover after a really great party. Mets fans everywhere went to sleep with a smile on their face and I’d bet they’re waking up with that same grin exactly where they left it.
And although it was a combined no-no, a feat that while all-the-more rare isn’t as tangibly exciting or recognized, many of are all going to spend the next few days reminiscing on what was a really special moment last night. Between Brandon Nimmo’s diving catch (the closest the Phillies would ever come to a hit), the growing realization of “is this really gonna happen?” and the exaltation of Gary Cohen on the game’s final strikeout, there are several moments from this game that will live on in our memories. But the craziest thing of all...? I still think the best is yet to come.
I’ve waxed poetic about it on several occasions already this month, and honestly I’m running out of new ways to say it at this point but more and more I am finding that there is just this inescapable sense as if something very special is brewing in Flushing. Ron Darling said just as much following the 27th out last night.
“In a special year you’re looking for special things to happen, glimpses of greatness,” Darling said on the SNY telecast. “This became a great night for the fanbase that has been energized by this team, by the owner and by some of the greatness you’ve seen from some of these players here in April.”
There’s already been quite a few moments of greatness, as Darling mentioned, whether it’s been the dominance of Max Scherzer, the splendor of Francisco Lindor, the power from Pete Alonso, an exhilarating come-from-behind win in St. Louis or, now, a moment for the history books. And it’s only just the beginning. This team has bigger fish to fry in 2022; more moments of magic may be just around the corner.
This is a team that was aggressive all throughout the offseason in adding proven talent and leadership to gel with a talented core of players that was already here, and a savvy “been there, done that” manager in Buck Showalter to bond them together and lead them into battle. We’ve already seen them grow tighter as a team throughout the several beanball wars they’ve already been a part of this month. They play with an attitude, and a swagger that is a breathe of fresh air and they are never out of a game. They have set out to make some noise, do some damage and maybe, just maybe, make a run at the whole damn thing when all is said and done.
What happens next is impossible to predict, but that’s the beautiful thing about magic. You never know exactly what is going to happen, just that it will blow your mind when you see it unfold before your eyes.
Down on the Farm 🌾
Nick Plummer (OF, No. 8 prospect, Triple-A): 1-for-4, HR, three RBI
Alex Ramirez (OF, No. 6 prospect, Single-A): 1-for-5, double, run scored
Calvin Ziegler (RHP, No. 11 prospect, Single-A): 4.2 IP, H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 K
Around the League 🚩
Dodgers RHP Trevor Bauer was officially suspended for the next two full seasons by Major League Baseball following the league’s investigation of domestic violence and sexual assault allegations
Despite Noah Syndergaard being scratched with an illness, the Angels won their sixth straight game on Friday
The Yankees won their seventh consecutive game after defeating the Royals 12-2 in a rain-shortened game
The Nationals broke an eight-game losing streak with a blowout win over the Giants in San Francisco