The New York Mets came into Cleveland Iwith a league-worst .171 batting average, and hit the road after losing 4 of 6 at home to Philadelphia and Miami. With Washington’s hot start, and expectations for this team much higher than their performance on the field, it looked as if the season would get away quickly.
The Mets ended the weekend taking 2 out of 3 from the Indians, causing the panic level to decrease just slightly, if for one weekend. One of the positive signs this weekend was that the batting average among the 13 position players rose to .202, which is not great, but does show that some of the bats may be showing signs of life.
Here were the “3 stars” for this weekend:
3. Steven Matz: 7 IP, 0 ER, Career-High 9 Strikeouts, 3 Hits and 2 Walks allowed.
Matz certainly proved that his 1.2 Inning stint against the Marlins on Monday was more than likely a fluke that was a result of his 10-day layoff between pitching assignments. His ERA lowered from an abysmal 37.80 to a still high, but more serviceable, 7.27. After Matt Harvey’s meltdown in the middle innings on Saturday, and uncertainty regarding the return of Jacob deGrom, Matz needed a good outing to provide some hope to the pitching staff.
2. Yoenis Cespedes: 5 for 12, 2 Doubles, 2 Home Runs, 6 RBI’s and 2 runs scored.
His .417 batting average for the weekend helped raise his average to .286, while giving him a .548 slugging percentage. Having Cespedes as the Designated Hitter for this weekend allowed him to heal the bruised leg suffered on Wednesday diving into the stands against the Marlins. Acting as DH also allowed Michael Conforto, Granderson, Alejandro deAza and Juan Lagares to play the weekend in the outfield. Hopefully, this weekend’s performance by Cespedes is a turning point for him offensively.
1. Michael Conforto: 5 for 12, 3 Doubles, 1 Home Run, 3 RBI’s and 4 Runs Scored.
It’s hard to decide who had the better weekend, Conforto or Cespedes. Both had similar numbers, but I’m giving it to Conforto by a nose. Batting in the 3rd spot, Conforto helped set the table for Cespedes. Sunday, Conforto produced RBI doubles in his first 2 at-bats against the reigning Cy Young winner, Corey Kluber. Conforto raised his average from .250 to .313. I think that batting Conforto 3rd will be a benefit for him going forward, especially once Granderson turns it around and gets on base as he did on 2015. Having Granderson and Wright being able to get on base regularly will increase Conforto’s production in the 3rd spot.