NEW YORK -- It seems as if the sun has not shone in Flushing, Queens, in over a week. The weather has had a significant effect on the Mets' game schedule the past few days and it has been even more difficult for the Mets' starting pitchers who have been
NEW YORK -- It seems as if the sun has not shone in Flushing, Queens, in over a week. The weather has had a significant effect on the Mets' game schedule the past few days and it has been even more difficult for the Mets' starting pitchers who have been anxiously awaiting their outings as the rain dictated the play.
Similar to Jacob deGrom and Zack Wheeler after their rain-delayed outings, Jason Vargas put together an excellent start Thursday in the Mets' 5-2 win in Game 2 of the doubleheader against the Marlins.
Vargas went six innings and gave up two earned runs on three hits while striking out seven.
"These guys are such routine-oriented people that if they get off that routine, it can be hard to kind of overcome that. But everybody's done a good job of that so far, and that's part of the game," Mets manager Mickey Callaway said before the doubleheader. "You can't control the weather and things like that, so they tough it out."
This was not the only time this season there has been rain on Vargas' parade. On Aug. 7, the starter faced four batters and threw 14 pitches before the storm clouds rolled in and a 1-hour, 40-minute rain delay ended his night and essentially cost him a start.
"I think it was just a goofy thing with the weather," Vargas said. "With the stuff that happened previously in the year, I think that we were trying to figure some things out. This was just a weather issue, you can't do anything about that, so I threw another side in between and I kept it rolling."
The Marlins jumped on Vargas in the third inning when opposing pitcher Jeff Brigham singled up the middle. In the next at-bat, Miguel Rojas cranked a home run to left-center field, giving the Marlins the early lead.
From there, the Marlins would lead until the Mets' fifth-inning rally, which was started by Tomas Nido's solo home run over the left-field fence. The homer was Nido's first Major League home run. A double from Michael Conforto later in the inning would plate two more runs.
Conforto led the offense, going 2-for-4 with three RBIs.
In the seventh inning, Amed Rosario -- who was 3-for-4 on the night -- and Jeff McNeil hit back-to-back singles, and Conforto drove in Rosario for his third RBI.
Callaway has been impressed with what Conforto has done this season after missing all of Spring Training while rehabbing a shoulder injury.
"He had to come into the season probably not as prepared as you would be if you had a full Spring Training," Callaway said. "So, I think he's finally kind of catching where he should be confidence-wise. The way he feels physically -- and I'm not talking about health-wise - just physically out there playing the game again."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
The bullpen put together a strong performance with Seth Lugo dominating two innings and Robert Gsellman earning the save. Lugo came into the game in the seventh and struck out the side. He continued to bring the heat, whiffing the next two batters in the eighth and giving up only one hit.
Lugo tied a franchise record by striking out at least five batters in consecutive relief appearances. He also whiffed five in two innings on Sept. 9 vs. Philadelphia.
Lugo is the third reliever since at least 1908 with consecutive outings of two innings or shorter with five or more strikeouts. Milwaukee's Josh Hader did it last week (Sept. 7 and 10) and Oakland's Billy Taylor did it on June 16 and 18, 1996.
HE SAID IT
"It's not easy to sit around and then have to come in here, and then you get the emotions of the David Wright stuff. It's good, they're overcoming, and that's all you can ask." -- Callaway, on his team Thursday
In his last start against Philadelphia, Noah Syndergaard took a ball to the right side and had to exit the game. He hopes to make it through unscathed this time around and will take the mound at Fenway Park on Friday at 7:10 p.m. ET against the American League East leaders, who have already clinched a playoff berth. The Red Sox will throw right-hander Hector Velazquez.
Erin Fish is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York.