Emotional Michael Conforto helps deliver win in potential final Mets home game
If Thursday turns out to be Michael Conforto’s last home game in a Mets uniform, he helped send the Citi Field crowd home happy one more time.
Conforto, an impending free agent and the only position player left from the franchise’s 2015 World Series team, recorded a three-hit night and added a highlight-reel catch in right field on the way to the Mets’ 12-3 win over the Marlins.
After roping a pair of RBI singles and a double, Conforto made a fine shoestring catch in the ninth inning. The crowd of 24,312 rose to its feet in appreciation, with Conforto tipping his cap and tapping his heart.
The Mets (76-83) closed out their home schedule with a record of 47-34 and will finish the season on the road with three games in Atlanta this weekend.
For a team that missed the playoffs this year largely because of its inability to score runs — their 3.94 runs per game are the fourth-lowest in MLB — the Mets piled them on in their Citi Field sendoff.
Pete Alonso hit homers No. 36 and 37 and came within a few feet of making it a three-homer night. Francisco Lindor, who heard his fair share of boos throughout his first season as a Met, went out in style with a grand slam in the eighth inning that brought the crowd to its feet.
Rich Hill gave up three runs (two earned) over five innings to complete his season. The 41-year-old lefty, who was acquired in a July trade with the Rays, finished the year with a 3.86 ERA — 3.84 in 13 games with the Mets.