Noah Syndergaard was supposed to get the start Tuesday night against the Royals. But earlier in the day, Terry Collins made a change, moving him back to Wednesday and moving up Bartolo Colon. It is a change Collins and Colon now regret, as Colon was knocked out of the game early with injury. But the Mets went on to win the game.
On the fourth pitch Colon threw, Alcides Escobar hit a comebacker that smashed Colon flush on his right thumb. He was removed from the game. Fortunately, x-rays showed no break, just a contusion. But it is unclear if he will be able to make his next start.
So Collins had to piece together a pitching game. Hansel Robles was first, responding with 3.2 fine innings, allowing one run. Erik Goeddel went two scoreless innings. Jerry Blevins was perfect in his inning of work. Addison Reed followed with an equally perfect eighth.
Meantime, the Mets got solo home runs by Asdrubal Cabrera in the first and Yoenis Cespedes leading off the fourth. Cespedes now has 18 homers.
So the Mets led 2-1 going into the ninth. Jeurys Familia took the mound, and quickly got the first two outs. A single put the potential tying run on first, but Familia was able to get the third out, picking up his 23rd save, which leads all of baseball.
Mets get a very good, much-needed win, 2-1.