The New York Mets exacted a bit of revenge on the Nationals by taking 2 out of 3 in Washington. Once again, the lone loss game on a night when Matt Harvey took the mound. By winning their second straight series, the Mets moved to within one half game of the Nats. The offense that has been anemic as of late, showed some signs of life, with the Mets banging out 21 hits in the 3 games, but the 2 wins came on the backs of strong pitching performances by Bartolo Colon and Steven Matz. Here are the 3 stars from this series:
Neil Walker: 4 for 8, Home Run, 3 Runs, RBI
I could have gone with Yoenis Cespedes again, or with Asdrubal Cabrera. However, Walker was the most consistent hitter for all 3 games of the series. Cespedes continues to hut the ball extremely hard, even in his 0-4 Wednesday. Cabrera was posting decent numbers (3-8, HR, R, RBI) through the first 2 games of the series, but was pulled before the bottom of the first on Wednesday with what are being reported as back spasms. Walker’s average is now up to .269 for the season
David Wright: 2 for 8, 2 Home Runs, 2 Runs, 4 RBI’s
Although given the night off for Tuesday’s game, Wright’s 2 Home Runs for the series were the Game Winning RBI’s in the Mets 2 wins of the series. “Captain America” is showing that he still has some pop in his bat. Given the loss of Lucas Duda from the middle of the lineup for an undetermined amount of time, Wright will need to show some of that power to go along with Cespedes in the heart of the order.
Steven Matz: 8 IP, 0 Earned Runs, 4 Hits Allowed, 1 Walk, 7 Strikeouts
Although his work was almost undone in the 9th, it was another “Matz”terpiece by the kid from Long Island, who won his 7th straight decision. Matz once again was the ‘stopper’ by putting the Mets back on track after another unsatisfying performance by Matt Harvey the night before. Matz retired 17 of the last 18 batters he faced, with his last getting Bryce Harper to ground out as the tying run to end the 8th inning on Wednesday. Matz’ 8 scoreless innings lowered his season ERA to 2.36.
The Mets are now off Thursday before heading home for a series with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Nationals host a 4-game series with St. Louis.