You’ll be pleased to know that the Mets discovered their winning formula Wednesday night at Busch Stadium:
Sit their two most expensive purchases of the winter and don’t even bother utilizing a starting pitcher.
It worked well enough for the Mets, powered by the “Bench Mob,” to post a 7-2 victory over the Cardinals Wednesday night, Game 2 of a doubleheader at Busch Stadium, giving Luis Rojas’ gang a split after falling by a 4-1 count in a particularly ugly Game 1. Francisco Lindor’s shortstop replacement Jonathan Villar and James McCann’s catcher replacement Tomas Nido each contributed a home run and two RBIs, while opener Miguel Castro and bulk-guy Jordan Yamamoto accounted for Jacob deGrom’s injury absence to tame the Cardinals’ dangerous lineup.
“We call ourselves The Bench Mob and we’re always ready to go,” said Nido, crediting himself and reserve outfielder Kevin Pillar (who singled, doubled and drove home two runs) for the moniker.
A great story, a great handle and a fine job by Sandy Alderson and company putting this Mets bench together. Yet we all know that Hugh Quattlebaum’s and Kevin Howard’s missions remain…