The New York Mets taking 2 out of three against the Philadelphia Phillies tells me one of two things: One is that the offense is finally waking up, and performing at the level that was expected going into the season. The other is that the offensive explosion is the result of that “Band Box” known as Citizen’s Bank Park. Either way, the Mets did what they need to do if they are going to repeat as Division Champions-beat up on the lesser teams in the Division.
On the six games of this road trip, the Mets have belted 19 Home Runs, including 13 in the last three games in Philly. Combined with stellar pitching, the Mets have lowered the panic level among the fan base substantially.
Based on the team’s performance, it was a little difficult to select just 3 stars for this series:
3. Logan Verrett: 6IP, 0ER, 6H, 4K’s, BB.
Filling in again for Jacob deGrom, Verrett lowered his season ERA to 0.69 in the 11-1 victory on Tuesday. deGrom will return to the rotation for his next start, so Verrett will return to his bullpen role, but he has proven to be a reliable 6th starter in the event of an injury to the rotation, or if the need for a spot start arises until the return of Zach Wheeler in mid-season.
2. Neil Walker: 7-14, 3HR, 4R, 3RBI
Prior to 2016, Walker had 6 career Home Runs as a right-handed hitter. His 2 HR’s on Tuesday are his second and third this season. Walker currently leads the team with 6 HR’s.
1: Lucas Duda : 6-14, 3HR, 3 2B, 4R, 5RBI
Duda has been a streaky hitter throughout his career. His recent performance could be another one of these streaks, so the fact that he his on one at a time when the rest of the team is also hitting has contributed mightily to the offensive explosion the past 6 games.
An Honorable Mention star goes to Terry Collins, who put Michael Conforto batting third this week. Since Conforto began hitting in the third spot, the rest of the lineup has started to produce, as well as Conforto himself providing a key role in the offense.