NEW YORK – Yes, America, Pete Alonso has a supporting cast.
Much of the national attention of the New York Mets has focused on the rookie bomber rising at home – or even just weeks before the recent disasters and dysfunctions in an organization that has encountered so many times in recent seasons – it's easy to forget that Alonso has some help with the squad and that the rotation is deeper than just Jacob deGrom and Noah Sindergaard.  Tuesday's 9-2 win over the Indians kicks off the Mets' most important family since 2016 – nine games against the Indians, the Brave and the Cubes – in a positive way. They defeated the contender for Young Young in Shane Bieber, J. D. Davis and Michael Conforto continued their hot hits with two home runs, and Stephen Matz had another quality start, fourth in his last five outings.
"To win Shane Bieber in the first game to start this home, load our fans, put ourselves in a good position to win a series against these guys is what we set out to do today," Conforto said. that we have a tough section ahead, but we take it every day and try to win every day, so it was a good team to win many times over. "
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The Mecca know this family is the biggest ordeal of the season and maybe even nine games made or died for a team that climbed from the second-worst record in the National League to 46-55 and eight games from wild card on July 24 to 65-60 and two matches from the second spot card.
"I think we all knew that even though it was August, the playoffs started today," Davis said. "We have to have the playoff mentality, this playoff atmosphere, that every game is important, especially with the hole we dug in. I think the elephant in the room is that we have a lot of home games, but a lot of games against playoff teams."
All those home games give the Mets fans the hope that maybe this could turn into another miracle season – like the one that happened 50 years ago when the Mets were 10 games on August 13 and won the World Series, or the 1973 Ya Gotta Believe Club, which was 11.5 on August 5 and won a NL pencil case. Hell, given these parameters, don't rule out the NL East title in 2019.
Defeating Cleveland, the Met improves to 35-21 at home compared to 30-39 on the road, but as Davis implied, that 25 of their last 37 games have been at Citi Field.
Davis is one of the reasons goals are playing so much better at home. He is hitting .390 / .454 / .732 at Citi Field and .258 / .316 / .376 on the road. Recently, however, he has struck everywhere. After the All-Star break, he leads all NL strikers with at least 100 plate appearances in batting average (.380) and OPS (1.069). Amed Rosario is not far behind, ranking second in average (.371) and in the top 25 in OPS. Meanwhile, Conforto hit .290 in 33 games with 11 home runs and 31 RBI.
Davis' production is huge, especially in the absence of All-Star Jeff McNeill, who came out a week with a knee injury and Brandon Nimmo, who's been out since mid- May with the release of the disc in the door. (Nimmo plays center field for Triple-A Syracuse on Tuesday, his third rehab game so he can return soon.) The Mets acquired Davis from the Astros on Jan. 6, hoping he could secure a bench off the bench and fill in a bit at third or first base. Ten days later, however, the club signed Jed Lowry and Davis was not even sure of the roster. Lowry's injury during spring training opened up a slot and Davis began the offsetting season against left-handers, but various injuries led to regular playing time for him for the first time in the majors.
Against Bieber, he came out in the bottom of the second with Cleveland up 1-0 and crashed a 0-1 slider into the black hitting background in the center of the field, a 109.9 mph rocket that traveled 447 feet.
"The intelligence report should have attacked him early," Davis said. "He threw punches at the beginning of the count. In this bat I was aggressive with the 0-0 fastball. Then he went out of speed and we got it. I think this was his first time out of the stretch and he left one above the plate. "
It was one of the few mistakes Bieber made when catcher Roberto Perez stepped outside, but the right-hand All-Star hit the pitch. The Conforto host came in the sixth inning with two outs and the game ended 2-2. it shouldn't have taken off as the Indians left player Oscar Mercado by putting Joe Panic's routine pop into a shallow left field, the Met taking advantage of the extra out, and Conforto drove a 388-foot slider to right center.
Yes, it was good. "Especially in this situation against a good starter who caught me many times earlier in the game, "said Conforto. He just missed a home run with a long foul earlier in the bat." I felt like a pretty good swing on that fastball. In fact, I was on that fastball in time, so I felt more comfortable with bat after seeing him twice and the operation of his pitches. "
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"We had a feeling about this run, that we were not able to get it for the first time through the order," said Conforto, "but our staff was so good, our attackers were able to come up with ways to we get up on the base, figuring out ways to get on the run. We just feel that no matter who's on the hair, we're going to put a lot of runs on the board. Every time the defense gives us that opportunity, we have to so it was huge. "
Indeed, as he goes 19-5 from July 25, the targets hit .283 / .351 / .481 and average AT 5.75 runs per game. Picking was also great, with a 3.24 ERA – the best in the majors during this period. Matz allowed just one run scored – one (19459021) Jason Kipnis home run – in 6⅓ innings, and six of his seven penalties were sought. He is 3-1 with a 2.56 ERA in his last five starts, with a 30-6 hit-and-walk ratio and just one home run.
The two biggest breakthroughs in the game, however, came from Justin Wilson, who released Matz in the seventh with two outs, one out and a 4-2 lead, and blew Francisco Lindor into three cutters and Mercado's slider 1-2 with a slider .
The crime is the swinging of some big bats, the spin is on a roll, the scourge calms down a bit and McNeill and Nimmo will eventually come back. A month ago, the targets were a joke. It's no joke now that they are in a playoff dispute.
As evidenced by the Mets fans who started making waves by the end of Tuesday's game, you just have to believe it.