After taking 2 out of 3 from Atlanta Braves this week, the New York Mets have now run six straight series. Since starting the season 2-5, they have now gone 15-4 in the past 19 games. Eleven out of the 12 runs scored in this series came by way of the home run, as has been the case recently. The Mets have out-homered their opposition 40-12 this season. As the team embarks on a 3-city, 11-game western road trip, here are the 3 stars from the Braves series:
Bartolo Colon: 8 IP, 0 ER, 7 Strikeouts, 0 Walks, Win
Is this guy really going to be 43 next week? Colon’s performance in Monday’s game allowed the 4 runs scored by the Mets in the first inning to hold on for the win. Colon is continuing to prove to be a valuable #5 starter, providing a boost during Matt Harvey’s continued streak of sub-par outings.
Steven Matz: 7.2 IP, 0 ER, 2 Hits allowed, 0 Walks, 8 K’s, Win
After Matt Harvey's off night on Tuesday, when the Mets also could not manage more than 1 hit off of Braves starter Matt Wisler, another strong outing by Matz is just what was needed. With Matz’ performance on Wednesday, he was able to drop his ERA to 2.83, which is pretty remarkable, considering his extremely rough first outing this season.
Lucas Duda: 3 for 10, 3 Home Runs, 3 Runs, 4 RBIs
Given the night off the Mets bats took as a team from the 2nd inning Monday until this afternoon, Duda was the ‘hottest’ hitter in this series. Duda now has 7 Home Runs on the season, where he had just 2 at the same time last season. Duda has always been a streaky hitter, but his Home Run totals for this year, and his .258 batting average being 11 points higher than his career average show that maybe he will hit more consistently the remainder of the season.
It will be interesting to see how the bats produce not only in the warm weather of San Diego and Los Angeles, but also in the thin air of Coors Field over the next 11 games.