The New York Mets came into this week’s series against Washington looking to continue their success against them that started late last season during their drive to the National League Pennant. However, after taking the first game with a 2-0 shutout, the bats continued their sluggishness and Bartolo Colon and Matt Harvey were unable to provide pitching to counter it. This lead to the Nationals taking 2 out of 3, dropping the Mets to 2.5 games back in third place. The Mets have now not won the last 3 series after winning 6 in a row prior to that. Here are the 3 stars for this series:
Curtis Granderson: 2-10, Home Run, Run, RBI
Granderson took the first pitch thrown by Max Scherzer on Tuesday out of the park for his second leadoff home run on the first pitch in the last 10 days. The one run was all the Mets needed in the 2-0 shutout.
Yoenis Cespedes: 3-9, Home Run, 2 Runs, RBI
I’m just going to pencil in Cespedes for a star for every series from here on out for the rest of the season. If the entire team is hitting well, Cespedes will be the main attraction at the power party. If the team is not hitting, as they are right now, Cespedes is the only batter in the lineup who is still producing something, however small the contribution is.
Noah Syndergaard: 7 IP, 0 ER, 5 Hits Allowed, 0 BB’s, 10 K’s
The only pitcher who actually produced this series, Syndergaard appeared to have set the tone for the series with his Tuesday night gem. He had held Bryce Harper hitless with 2 strikeouts. His 7 innings pitched allowed the Bullpen some much needed rest, and his performance compensated for the Mets lack of offense in the game.