The New York Mets came into the weekend series in Atlanta having won 4 of 6 on the current road trip to bring their record back over .500 at 9-7. The recent success has come courtesy of surge in the Home Run power shown by the team. However, most of the runs scored on the road trip have come via the long ball.
Turner Field is seeing it’s last season of Atlanta Braves baseball, with the team moving to a new park in Cobb County for 2017. Even though Turner Field has been a house of horrors for the Mets since it opened in 1997, the Mets started the first series of their last season in Turner with a sweep of the Braves.
Here are this weekend’s 3 stars:
On Friday, Matt Harvey was coming off of 3 starts where he would excel for the first 4 innings and falter starting in the 5th. Saturday, you would not know which Steven Matz would show up: the one who gave up 7 ER in only 1.2 IP against Miami, or the one who rebounded nicely against Cleveland, striking out 9. Jacob deGrom was returning from his injury and family emergency, so it was unsure how long he would be able to pitch effectively. The relief corps held the leads given to them to allow Harvey, Matz, and deGrom all to earn wins this weekend.
2. Asdrubal Cabrera: 5-12, HR, 3 Runs, 2 RBI
Since the Mets started scoring most of their runs via the Home Run (7 out of 17 runs scored in the Braves series), The Mets have hit back-to-back Home Runs in 4 of the last 6 games. Neil Walker and Cabrera have accounted for 2 of these this week.
1. Curtis Granderson: 6-13, 2B, 2 HR, Grand Slam, 6R, 5 RBI
It seems that one by one, Mets hitters are starting to come around and raise their batting averages while at the same time flexing their power. In this series, it’s Granderson’s turn. His numbers have been raised from .175/.299/.368 coming in to .229/.341/.486 based on his performance this weekend. While I believe that Granderson’s main function is to get on base and set the table for Wright and Conforto, Granderson’s weekend numbers are a result of the lower third of the order being able to get on base ahead of him.