Things you should know about tonight's game... 1) Robert Gsellman allowed two runs -- one earned -- on three hits and a walk with five strikeouts in seven innings to pick up his fourth win of the year. He also drove in two runs with a sacrifice fly and a bases-loaded walk. 2) Rene Rivera and Michael Conforto had RBI doubles during a three-run fifth. Wilmer Flores was the only Met with a multi-hit game after going 3-for-4. 3) Paul Sewald struck out two in a perfect eighth and Addison Reed escaped a two-on, no-out jam in the ninth to record his seventh save in nine opportunities. Post-game reaction from Michael Avallone... A nice tidy win for the Mets thanks to -- surprise, surprise -- strong starting
Mets legend and Hall of Famer Tom Seaver doesn't follow the team closely anymore, but was irritated when told of Noah Syndergaard's desire to throw harder. When Bill Madden of the NY Daily News told Seaver that Syndergaard's lat injury might have been caused by working out too much in an effort to increase his velocity, Seaver rolled his eyes. "What's with these guys and this obsession today with velocity?" he asked Madden. "How about just pitch! Learn how to pitch! Because eventually that velocity will be harder and harder to maintain on a consistent basis." Seaver then noted that the most important pitch for a pitcher is "strike one." "Let me tell you a story about velocity," Seaver said. "Late
Ty Kelly is currently the 25th man on the Phillies' roster, a utility man who has all of two starts with the club this year. Kelly was the starting third baseman for Team Israel, which made a surprising run to the second round with a perfect run through Pool A. The team began the WBC with an upset over host South Korea before wins over Chinese Taipei and the Netherlands. Israel beat Cuba in the next round in Japan but fell to Japan and the Netherlands handily.