Vance Worley was terrible, the weather was worse, and the Mets had zero problems dispatching the Twins on Friday night in a 16-5 pasting.
As flurries swirled around Target Field, the Mets pounced on Worley early, plating five runs in the first. Worley wasn't entirely at fault, as Trevor Plouffe let a ball scoot through his legs to score the third run, but the Vanimal had nothing. After the Twins got two runs back in the bottom of the frame, the Mets ended any thought of this being a competitive game, adding another run and loading the bases with Worley unable to record another out. Pedro Hernandez was brought in to face John Buck, who greeted him with a bases-loaded home run, or "grand slam" in the vernacular of the game.
The Twins did make it vaguely respectable for awhile, as Hernandez settled in before leaving the game with a left calf strain in the sixth inning. They narrowed the lead to 10-5 on a rally in the 5th that saw Aaron Hicks reach on an error, a Mauer single, a Morneau double, and a Doumit single. That inning also saw Wilkin Ramirez's bat fly into the stands on a swing, and a pack of dudebros fighting over it in the stands, which provided some much-needed comic relief (pic courtesy Twitter person @krauty22).
The Mets again had little problem snuffing the hopes of any miracle comeback, and new pitcher Ryan Pressly was tagged for four runs in the 7th. Again, he wasn't helped by his infield, as Pedro Florimon, WHO IS SUPPOSED TO BE IN THE LINEUP BECAUSE OF HIS FERSHLUGGINER GLOVE, gacked an easy double play ball, and a bases-loaded triple followed. The Mets added two more runs in the ninth off of Glen Perkins, who is still on the team.
It was cold out. Enjoy your weekend, everybody.