All of a sudden, the Mets aren’t helping their cause for a top-five draft pick.
At a time in September when they’re well out of playoff contention and losing would only help improve their draft position, the Mets have now won four consecutive games after topping the Reds Saturday night, 6-1, at Citi Field.
The Reds (61-82) are another team in the mix for a top-five pick, but the Mets (63-79) are now 2.5 games ahead of them.
General manager Sandy Alderson said earlier in the week the Mets can head into 2018 with Travis d’Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki as their two catchers. D’Arnaud has recently given Alderson reason to think that way, and on Saturday night Plawecki made a case of his own.
Plawecki hit a two-run homer in the second inning, which stood up as the go-ahead hit as Cincinnati was held off the board the rest of the game. Since being recalled on Aug. 19, Plawecki is hitting .303 with two homers, five RBI, four doubles and six runs in 13 games (11 starts.)
Rafael Montero struggled with walks once again but still came away with his third consecutive win, allowing one run in five innings on four hits and five walks while striking out five.
Kevin Plawecki connects on a two-run homer during the second inning.
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While he limited the damage, it was a far cry from his previous start against the Reds on Aug. 30, when he pitched 8 1/3 shutout innings.
Montero has walked 14 batters over his last three starts.
PLAY OF THE GAME
It came on just the second plate appearance of the evening when left fielder Brandon Nimmo charged in hard and made a diving grab to rob All-Star shortstop Zack Cozart of a base hit and help Montero begin the game with a 1-2-3 inning.
Nori Aoki gave the Mets an extra cushion with a two-run single in the 7th for a 5-1 lead.
STAR OF THE GAME
Cabrera, who returned to the lineup after missing a game with a glute issue, finished 2-for-4 with two doubles, an RBI and a run scored.
Rookie Dominic Smith is 1-for-3 in each of his last four games and has drawn a walk in three straight.
STAT OF THE DAY
9Mets have won nine straight games vs. Reds at Citi Field, their longest home winning streak against Cincinnati, breaking a tie with an eight-game streak from July 5, 1984-April 14, 1985.
Rookie Dominic Smith walked and scored on Plawecki’s home run in the second and drove in Cabrera with a single in the sixth inning. Smith is 1-for-3 in each of his last four games and has drawn a walk in three straight.
Terry Collins on Smith showing improvement at the plate: “I think he came up here with all the hype and put a lot of pressure on himself to hit. Hit a couple of home runs early and everyone was going crazy, and I think we’ve just got to be patient with Dom. When you watch him at the plate, he’s got an idea of what he’s doing, he’s got an idea of the strike zone.”
Mets vs. Reds
Sunday, 1:10 p.m. TV: SNY
RHP Jacob deGrom (14-9, 3.65) vs. RHP Sal Romano (4-6, 4.62)