The New York Mets continued their winning ways against the Cincinnati Reds, with their second straight series sweep, and have now won 9 out of the last 10 to pull within 1-game of the Washington Nationals. Again this series, the Mets showed their power, scoring 9 out of the 14 runs in the series via the home run. Noah Syndergaard had what could be best described as an ‘off night’ on Monday, giving up 3 Earned Runs in 6.2 innings. pitched about as well as can be expected for a 42-year old, but will be remembered in Tuesday’s game for beating Billy Hamilton to first base. Matt Harvey continued to recover from his 0-3 start to the season. With all due respect to Yoenis Cespedes, whose game tying 3-run HR brought back a memory of Kirk Gibson in the 1988 World Series, here are my 3 stars for the series:
#3 Logan Verrett: 2.1 IP in 2 relief outings, 2 Wins.
He can start, he can relieve. Verrett leads the team with 3 wins this year, and has a 0.55 ERA in his combined starts and relief outings. Verrett helped to pick up the slack from Syndergaard and Colon, and was helped by Cespedes on Tuesday.
#2 Neil Walker: 4 for 11, 2 Home Runs, 2 Runs, 4 RBI’s.
Walker has tied the Mets record for April Home Runs, shared with John Buck, Carlos Delgado and @Dave Kingman. He is now tied for the major league lead with Bryce Harper, Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story. Walker was signed as he was considered a defensive upgrade over Daniel Murphy, but his April power numbers are almost as good as Murphy’s were in October of last year.
#1 Michael Conforto: 6 for 12, Home Run, 3 Doubles, 3 Runs, 3 RBI’s.
Whether he is batting in the 3rd spot, or cleanup in the absence of Cespedes for the everyday lineup, Conforto is continuing to be a strong presence in the middle of the lineup, which has made the rest of the batting order continue to put up decent numbers over the last 10 games. He currently leads the team with a .338 Batting Average, and .429 On-Base Percentage. His 9 Doubles leads the team, and his 1.044 OPS is second only to Cespedes’.