It is a well-known fact that the Pittsburgh Pirates and New York Mets are at opposite ends of the MLB season. Pittsburgh is looking to find a reason to be excited about 2023, while New York is trying to play their best baseball heading into the postseason. That bit of information was on display tonight as the Mets won 5-1 on Saturday winning their third straight game of the series.
It did not take long for New York to put this game away. A three-run home run in the second inning by Eduardo Escobar gave them all the run support Chris Bassitt would need. Bassitt pitched six innings for the Mets, allowing three hits to go with eight strikeouts and two walks. He would get another run of support in the sixth when Brandon Nimmo was walked with the bases loaded. New York plated their fifth run in the eighth on another bases loaded walk.
Bryse Wilson started for Pittsburgh and worked 5.1 innings. Wilson allowed four runs on four hits with five strikeouts and two walks. He was replaced in the sixth by Eric Stout. Stout would walk three batters, while only striking out one. The final two innings belonged to Chase De Jong, who would give up one run on one hit, with three strikeouts and three walks. The lone run of the night for the Pirates came in the ninth on a solo home run by Rodolfo Castro.
As the leaves begin to change, it is getting tougher and tougher to watch this team finish out the 2022 season. They don’t have anything to play for and most of the players look to be going through the motions. Thankfully this four-game series will wrap up tomorrow afternoon at 1:40pm. Johan Oviedo will start for the Pirates, while the Mets will counter with Jacob deGrom.
Record vs. Mets: 1-5
Record vs. N.L. East: 9-25
Record on the Road: 27-48
Overall Record: 55-91
Let’s Go Bucs!