Michael Wacha has pitched the Mets out of plenty of games this season. But on Wednesday night, his right arm enabled them to rally for arguably their biggest win of the season.
Called upon in relief of ailing ace Jacob deGrom, the former Cardinal delivered his best outing as a Met, holding down the Phillies and laying the foundation for a come-from-behind, 5-4 win in Philadelphia that snapped a three-game losing streak.
Wacha delivered four innings of one-run ball, allowing five hits and striking out three after deGrom left following the first two frames due to a right hamstring spasm. He yielded Jean Segura’s sixth home run of the season in the third, but nothing else, pitching around a leadoff Scott Kingery double in the fourth and working around a pair of singles in the fifth.
“Just making some quality pitches, putting the pitches where they need to be,” Wacha said. “You get some swings and misses, get some weak contact. Some balls wStruere hit hard, but they were right at guys.”
Admittedly, Wacha has struggled in his first season with the Mets, who were hoping he would emerge after Noah Syndergaard needed Tommy John surgery and Marcus…