Lagares’ grand slam put an exclamation point on the Mets’ 11-1 win that clinched a four-game sweep over the Diamondbacks at Citi Field. It was the 30-year-old’s first dinger at home in over two years and to boot, it was the first multi-homer game of Lagares’ career. Before Thursday afternoon, Lagares last parked one into the Citi Field seats on Sept. 7, 2017 against the Reds.
They are 3 1/2 games back with 15 to play. The schedule remains a positive, with 12 games to go against losing teams, although the Milwaukee Brewers, who are tied with the Chicago Cubs for the last playoff spot, have 13 remaining against non-contenders.
Well, a funny thing happened on the way to the bottom of the standings. The Diamondbacks, projected for the fourth-worst record in the NL before the season, are clinging to the fringes of the playoff hunt, with a 5.3% chance of reaching the Wild Card game. They’re 75-71, (ed. note, now 75-72) on the verge of putting together their third straight winning season. Most impressively, they’re doing it with an entirely new cast of characters.
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: The WAR leaderboards are broken! Yes, all of them. Do not use for risk of being misled. I’m not sure what is causing the glitch, but it’s likely some sort of malware intended to display Ketel Marte as an elite baseball player. There can be no o4her explanation for why he ranks so highly.
(a very tongue in cheek look at Marte’s breakout season)
In addition to talking to nearby Henderson, NV., it appears that the Diamondbacks also were in some level of talks with Las Vegas itself, prompting me, at least, to wonder exactly how much leverage Hall thought he needed, since, you know, that was the only reason he was doing this.
On Wednesday, the New York Mets came together as a team to commemorate the victims of 9/11 and the families affected. The idea to buy and wear custom cleats for the game was initiated and carried out by rookie first baseman Pete Alonso. However, the Mets didn’t receive permission from the MLB to wear the custom cleats.
The MLB could’ve disciplined and fined the Mets for carrying out such an act, but has decided not to, per Andy Martino of SNY.
Weather has not been kind to the Yankees this season. Thursday’s doubleheader was their seventh this season, their most in a single season in nearly four decades. To their credit, the Yankees have capitalized. Thursday was their sixth sweep in those seven doubleheaders.
Angels designated hitter and pitcher Shohei Ohtani will undergo season-ending surgery Friday to repair a congenital issue in his left kneecap that was affecting his throwing. Ohtani, who did not pitch this season as he recovered from Tommy John surgery, will be sidelined for several weeks from baseball activities while the Angels play the final 15 games of a disappointing season.