It made for an interesting and, at times, raucous night in Flushing, with a near sellout crowd at a time when the home team was of little consequence to any but the most die-hard Mets fan. Since the All-Star break — after which General Manager Sandy Alderson said his club would have to play “exceedingly well” to fight its way back into contention — the Mets had gone 10-10, draining away any illusions of playing beyond Oct. 1, the final day of the regular season.
On this night, the attraction was the other team and the Mets’ rookie shortstop, in that order.
“We thought Colorado would be a good place for him to start to get his feet wet,” Alderson said of Rosario. “So in some sense, this is a ramp-up, coming back to all the scrutiny and attention and celebrity that comes with playing for the first time in New York.”
The Dodgers and Darvish, acquired for three minor leaguers from the Texas Rangers in a trade deadline deal, performed as advertised. The Dodgers won, 6-0, improving their record to 77-32 and increasing their lead in the National League West to 14 ½ games pending the outcome of a late game between the second-place Arizona Diamondbacks and the…