Alexa, play “Lean On Me.”
The Mets secured a 3-2 walk-off win of their residence opener Thursday, however, in typical Mets vogue, it got here with two dashes of drama and half controversy.
With the bases loaded, one out and a tie recreation with Michael Conforto up, the Mets’ outfielder seemingly leaned right into a pitch within the strike zone, which might have been good for Strike 3 and out No. 2. As an alternative, umpires dominated that Conforto was hit by a pitch, forcing residence the successful run.
Whereas the play is reviewable on whether or not the ball truly struck him — which it did — the intent of Conforto can’t be reviewed.
However as is the rule, the participant should make an effort to get away from the pitch. Conforto, as an alternative, seemingly caught his arm out to make contact with the ball. Recreation over. Some speculated that Conforto was fooled by the pitch, which may be the case.
To make issues extra fascinating, residence plate ump Ron Kulpa appeared like he was going to ring up Conforto for a strikeout, however modified his thoughts.
Umpires have the ability to confer and overturn the decision, even when it Conforto’s intent is not a reviewable name. The rule ebook additionally states that if a ball strikes a batter, however the pitch lands throughout the strike zone, the pitch could also be dominated a strike.
Marlins supervisor Don Mattingly argued with umpires, with a number of Marlins additionally attempting to make their case heard — to no avail.
The SNY sales space, that includes former Mets Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling, acknowledged that Conforto leaned into the pitch and positioned the onus on umpires to get the decision proper, which, effectively, they didn’t.
It is simply one in every of 162, but it surely would not be Mets Baseball if it wasn’t memorable in a roundabout way, proper?