The New York Mets concluded their 11-game road trip with a 4-7 record. After splitting with the San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers, the trip ended up getting swept by the Colorado Rockies. Prior to the series, the Mets had won 11 in a row against the Rockies, including a 3 game sweep at Coors Field last year. After a brief flirtation in first place, the recent team performance places them in third place, behind both Washington, and the surprising Phillies. As the team limps home to face the Nationals in a crucial series this week, here are the 3 stars from the weekend:
Yoenis Cespedes: 3 for 11, Home Run, Double, Run, RBI
I may be starting to sound like a broken record, but Cespedes (again) seems to be the Mets’ “most consistent” hitter over the past few games. This is not saying too much, since the team, as a whole, did not seem to hit on this road trip. As a team, they hit 6-24 with runners in scoring position, with Cespedes going 0-3.
Kevin Plawecki: 3 for 8, Double, 2 Runs, RBI
Plawecki continues to fill in aptly for Travis D'Arnaud, and stared to show some offensive spark in this series. His current splits are up to .227/.329/.333. He will get a few days off in favor of Rene Rivera, but should see the majority of the time until either d’Arnaud returns, or another option surfaces.
Neil Walker: 4 for 10, Home Run, 2 Runs, RBI
Congratulations, Neil Walker. You were the most productive hitter this weekend, but then again, someone needed to be. Walker cracked his 10th Home Run of the season, which is tops among Second Basemen.
The recent road trip reminds me of last season, when the Mets had a hot April, but started to cool off in May. Hopefully the return home, coupled with the Washington Nationals coming to town the next 3 games will provide enough of mental lift to bring them out of their offensive funk.