It will not appear in any boxscore, nor will it be reflected in the statistical record. But a hustle play by Mets veteran Michael Cuddyer paved the way for Saturday's 8-2 victory over the Yankees.
The Mets seized control in the fourth inning, using a two-out rally to push across four runs and open a 5-1 advantage. But the inning was extended only because Cuddyer broke up a potential double play with a hard slide into Didi Gregorius at second.
"You go hard," Cuddyer said. "Those things help you get runs. We were able to get four runs after that."
Cuddyer, hitting .250, has slumped of late. He was 1-for-5 and reached on an error. But the takeout slide set the stage.
"No matter what the case is, he's always running hard," Lucas Duda said. "I think that kind of filters down to the rest of the team. You see that and it's respected."
David Wright has missed the last 10 games recovering from a strained hamstring and Eric Campbell has done his best to soften the blow to the Mets.
He has reached base in every game since stepping in for Wright. In Saturday's win, Campbell was 1-for-3 with a homer, his first of the season.
"I don't look too much into my stats or anything like that," said Campbell, who is hitting .267 with five RBIs. "If I'm in the lineup and we win, I look at it as a good day."
Meanwhile, Wright has started hitting off a tee and throwing. If all goes well, he will begin testing his lower body in the next few days before a possible minor-league rehab assignment. Wright likely will need about two more weeks before he comes off the disabled list.
Duda hit just .180 with two homers against lefties all last season, but he hit a solo homer off CC Sabathia on Saturday and is 8-for-18 against southpaws this season. "You shouldn't get too carried away with that sample size," Duda said. "But anything I can do to help the team win, I'm all for [it]." . . . Jonathon Niese starts Sunday night's Subway Series finale, and manager Terry Collins doesn't believe he will suffer any blowback from umpires stemming from his ejection Friday night. Niese was tossed for arguing balls and strikes from the dugout . . . Dillon Gee is flying to Miami Sunday night ahead of the team as the Mets and Yankees are slated for an 8:05 p.m. start.
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