After losing 2 out of 3 to the Nationals to fall to third place in the NL East, the New York Mets rebounded nicely with a 3-game sweep of the Milwaukee Brewers, with all 3 wins coming from behind. The offensive woes continued this series, except for a few bright spots, and the pitching came through to keep the games close enough to compensate for the offense. Here are the 3 stars of the series:
Steven Matz: 7 IP, 2 ER, 3 Hits allowed, 0 BB, 8 K’s
After missing his last start to deal with soreness in his arm, Matz returned to the rotation on Friday night to earn his 6th consecutive win. After a somewhat shaky start, where he gave up 2 runs on 2 hits, including a Home Run to Chris Carter, Matz was masterful, allowing just 1 hit over the next six innings along with 8 strikeouts to earn the win. Matz improves to 10-1 in his 13-start career, with the only blemish being his horrible first start of the year against the Marlins.
*Honorable Mention goes to Noah Syndergaard, who registered 11 Strikeouts while walking none, and giving up no Earned Runs to complete the sweep on Sunday.
Yoenis Cespedes: 4-11, Double, Home Run, 3 Runs, 3 RBIs
It was a tough call between Cespedes and Michael Conforto (4-10, Double, 2 Home Runs, 4 Runs, 3 RBI’s), but Cespedes gets the star, as his game-tying 2-run blast just inside the foul pole helped set up David Wright’s walk-off single on Saturday. It is just a matter of time now until the “MVP” chants start ringing out at Citi Field. Cespedes’ now has 14 Home Runs for the year to tie him with Nolan Arenado of the Rockies. His .660 Slugging Percentage and 1.041 OPS are good for second overall in the Major, both behind David Ortiz of the Red Sox. He leads the Mets in Batting Average, Home Runs, RBI’s and OBP, and is only 2 behind Asdrubal Cabrera for the team led in Hits.
Jeurys Familia: 3IP, 2 Hits allowed, Win, 2 Saves
Familia helped to secure a the first series sweep of the Brewers since 2002 with his Win and 2 Saves. He saved his 15th consecutive save to start the season. The rest of the bullpen was equally effective this weekend, allowing just one Earned Run in 8 innings pitched. The pen also recorded 9 strikeouts in the series.
With the sweep, the Mets move back into 2nd place, 1.5 games behind the Nationals, who they play in D.C. starting on Tuesday.