5 takeaways as offenses explode and Mets split Saturday's doubleheader with the Rockies

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The thin air and wide gaps at Coors Field tend to give offenses a charge.

Both the Mets and Rockies got a taste of that offensive lift during Saturday's doubleheader.

On the heels of Pete Alonso's two-run walkoff home run against the Cardinals on Thursday and a "snowout" on Friday, the Mets were able to keep their momentum going in the first half of the doubleheader.

The Mets (27-15) ripped 13 hits and grabbed their third straight win with a 5-1 result over the Rockies at Coors Field in Denver.

But the roles reversed in the nightcap as the Rockies racked up three home runs, seven runs in the sixth inning and 12 hits to roll past the Mets, 11-3, to salvage a doubleheader split.

It sets up a rubber game between the two teams at 3:10 p.m. on Sunday.

Back with force

After missing four games following the death of his grandmother, Starling Marte made his presence felt immediately in the first game.

New York Mets' Starling Marte reacts after swinging at and missing a pitch from Colorado Rockies starter German Marquez in the sixth inning of the first baseball game game of a day/night doubleheader Saturday, May 21 2022, in Denver.
New York Mets' Starling Marte reacts after swinging at and missing a pitch from Colorado Rockies starter German Marquez in the sixth inning of the first baseball game game of a day/night doubleheader Saturday, May 21 2022, in Denver.

The Mets right fielder belted the first pitch he saw for a two-run home run into left-center field off Rockies starter German Marquez to give the Mets a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning.

As Marte reached home plate, he pressed his hands together and looked toward the sky before receiving hugs from Francisco Lindor and Pete Alonso near the dugout.

Marte's grandmother raised him from the time he was 9 years old following the sudden death of his mother. Marte's grandmother's death comes nearly two years after the death of his wife, who died from a heart attack.

While Marte noted that it has been a difficult time, he said he was happy that he was able to return and produce right away. After the  doubleheader, Marte, who went 2-for-5 in the win, has four home runs and 22 RBI while scoring 21 runs.

He went 1-for-4 with a bloop single in the second game.

The replacements

While Marte was absent from the lineup, Luis Guillorme was one of the key replacements for the Mets.

New York Mets' Luis Guillorme hits a single off Colorado Rockies starting pitcher German Marquez in the third inning of the first baseball game of a doubleheader, Saturday, May 21 2022, in Denver.
New York Mets' Luis Guillorme hits a single off Colorado Rockies starting pitcher German Marquez in the third inning of the first baseball game of a doubleheader, Saturday, May 21 2022, in Denver.

He collected five hits in 11 at-bats during the Mets' series win against the Cardinals as he was in the startling lineup for three of the four games. And he remained hot in the series opener against the Rockies, going 3-for-4 and scoring the team's fourth run in the second inning.

After starting the season 1-for-16, Guillorme has raised his slash line to .323/.400/.435 and is making a major case to be included in the lineup more often than not. He has scored nine times in 25 games this season.

Guillorme is one of five Mets to have an OPS over .800, including catcher Patrick Mazeika, who supplied a two-run double in the second inning.

J.D. Davis entered as the designated hitter in the second game and knocked a pair of singles, scored the second run of the game and collected an RBI in the sixth inning.

Mark Canha, who also sat in the first, scored one of the Mets' three runs.

Cookie crisp

While in the Mets' first four doubleheaders of the season, Buck Showalter has gone with the more experienced pitcher in the back half, he adjusted that approach by throwing Carlos Carrasco in game one on Saturday.

New York Mets starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco (59) is congratulated by first baseman Dominic Smith as Carrasco waits to be pulled from the mound after giving up a single to Colorado Rockies' Brendan Rodgers in the sixth inning of the first baseball game of a doubleheader, Saturday, May 21 2022, in Denver.
New York Mets starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco (59) is congratulated by first baseman Dominic Smith as Carrasco waits to be pulled from the mound after giving up a single to Colorado Rockies' Brendan Rodgers in the sixth inning of the first baseball game of a doubleheader, Saturday, May 21 2022, in Denver.

With the temperatures a little warmer, Carrasco, who was pitching for the first time at Coors Field, was better able to control the breaking ball as he threw 25 changeups and 20 sliders out of his 87 pitches.

Carrasco said his changeup played a little more like a two-seam fastball in the cold and altitude, which also kept the Rockies hitters on their heels.

He allowed just one earned run on seven hits with four strikeouts in 5⅓ innings to grab the win and improve to 4-1 on the season and trim his ERA to 3.50. The win came on the heels of an abbreviated start with four earned runs allowed against the Mariners on May 15.

Carrasco has had a knack for bouncing back from tough performances this season. He threw eight scoreless innings against the Braves on May 3 after giving up eight runs in a loss to the Cardinals.

Deep damage

None of the Mets' first three pitchers in the second half of the doubleheader could corral the Rockies' offense.

It began against starter Trevor Williams, who was making his second straight start. C.J. Cron, who had four hits across the two games, clocked his NL-leading 11th home run — a two-run shot — to give the Rockies a 2-0 lead.

New York Mets manager Buck Showalter, left, takes the ball from relief pitcher Adonis Medina as Medina is pulled from the mound after giving up a double to Colorado Rockies' Connor Joe in the sixth inning of the second baseball game of a doubleheader Saturday, May 21 2022, in Denver.
New York Mets manager Buck Showalter, left, takes the ball from relief pitcher Adonis Medina as Medina is pulled from the mound after giving up a double to Colorado Rockies' Connor Joe in the sixth inning of the second baseball game of a doubleheader Saturday, May 21 2022, in Denver.

And in the next inning, after Brendan Rodgers was hit by a pitch, Serven's first major-league hit was a two-run shot off Williams in his second career game.

Williams was dealt his third loss of the season to drop to 0-3. He gave up four earned runs despite only giving up three hits in four innings.

After Adonis Medina escaped a bases-loaded jam in the fifth inning, the Mets' 27th man was not as lucky in the sixth. Medina, who had not given up a run in his first three outings of the season, gave up five earned runs on six hits, including another two-run shot to Serven, as his ERA spiked to 5.87.

Chasen Shreve came on and gave up three straight singles after recording a strikeout as the Rockies tacked on two more runs against the lefty. The Rockies scored seven runs on eight hits in the sixth inning as 12 batters came to the plate.

It was the biggest inning against the Mets this season.

New York Mets' Jeff McNeil follows the flight of his double off Colorado Rockies starting pitcher German Marquez in the fifth inning of the first baseball game game of a day/night doubleheader Saturday, May 21 2022, in Denver.
New York Mets' Jeff McNeil follows the flight of his double off Colorado Rockies starting pitcher German Marquez in the fifth inning of the first baseball game game of a day/night doubleheader Saturday, May 21 2022, in Denver.

Shut the door

It is always a balancing act of how to handle pitching in the first half of a doubleheader.

New York Mets relief pitcher Seth Lugo works against the Colorado Rockies in the eighth inning of the first baseball game of a doubleheader Saturday, May 21 2022, in Denver.
New York Mets relief pitcher Seth Lugo works against the Colorado Rockies in the eighth inning of the first baseball game of a doubleheader Saturday, May 21 2022, in Denver.

Adam Ottavino, Drew Smith and Seth Lugo made things a little easier on Showalter, coming on and pitching 3⅔ scoreless innings with three strikeouts and two hits allowed.

Ottavino entered for Carrasco with a pair of runners on and one out and got a flyball and groundout to end the sixth inning. Cron scored the Rockies' only run which was charged to Carrasco on an infield single from Iglesias.

Smith got back on track after giving up three runs in his last three outings. He sent down the top of the Rockies' lineup in order.

And then Lugo delivered an important two innings, notching each of those three strikeouts and sending down six straight batters after giving up a leadoff single to Cron in the eighth.

With the second half of the doubleheader well out of reach, Jake Reed pitched a perfect seventh inning and Joely Rodriguez struck out two batters across a 1-2-3 eighth.

Andrew Tredinnick is the Mets beat writer for NorthJersey.com. For unlimited access to all Mets analysis, news, trades and more, please subscribe today and download our app. 

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