The New York Mets streak of six consecutive series wins came to an end against the San Diego Padres this weekend, mainly due to the fact that for the second and third times this week, the Mets’ bats took a night off on Thursday and Friday. However, with wins on Saturday and Sunday, they were able to salvage a split of the first 4 games of the current 11-game road trip. Runs continued to be scored by way of the Home Run yet again. All 3 runs on Friday, all 6 on Sunday, and 1 out of 4 on Sunday were tallied with the long ball.
With all due respect to Matt Harvey who gave up just 2 runs and struck out 10 in 6 innings, and seemed to have bounced back nicely after some subpar outings, Here are the three stars for the series:
Antonio Bastardo: 1IP, 0 Hits, 2 K’s, 0 BB
Bastardo was thrown into an inferno in the 8th inning Sunday with a 1-run lead, but a bases-loaded, no out situation. After getting Derek Norris to strikeout, Melvin Upton, Jr. to pop out, and Alexei Ramirez to also strikeout, Bastardo’s perfect inning helped the Mets to maintain their 4-3 lead, and allow Jeurys Familia to gain his 10th save of the season.
Yoenis Cespedes: 5-14, 3 HR’s, 3 Runs, 5 RBI’s
In a series where the Mets bats went pretty much silent in the first 2 games, Cespedes was not only the most consistent hitter for the weekend; he was also the most productive. For the season, Cespedes is posting career highs in OBP (.365), Slugging Percentage (.677), and OPS (1.042)
Bartolo Colon: 6.2IP, 3ER, 6 Hits, 5 K’s, 1 BB
Once again, Colon came through as the stopper on Saturday, ending the 2-game losing streak. Colon’s third win of the season ties him for 2nd on the team with Jacob deGrom and Logan Verrett. His 5 strikeouts give him a season total of 33, also good for 2nd on the team behind Noah Syndergaard. Oh, and did I mention that Colon hit his first career home run? Just 17 days shy of his 43rd birthday, Colon passed Randy Johnson as the oldest player to hit their first home run.