The 10-game road trip began by taking 2 out of 3 from Miami over the weekend. The starting pitching provided 3 quality starts and the offense started to show signs of life in the first 2 games. With Washington dropping 2 out of 3 in Cincinnati this weekend, the New York Mets were able to make up 1 game in the standings, and are now just 2 games back of the Washington Nationals. Here are the 3 stars from this weekend:
Matt Harvey: 7IP, 4 hits allowed, 1 Earned Run, 3 Strikeouts
Harvey was good in this game, but the Marlin’s Jose Fernandez was better (4 Hits, 14K’s). Coming off of his Monday win against the White Sox, Harvey has now posted 2 good starts in a row after his poor start to the season. The Mets offense was unable to provide run support to back up Harvey on Sunday.
Wilmer Flores: 5 for 10, 2B, 3 Runs, RBI
Forced into a pretty much regular role as the 3rd Baseman, now that David Wright is out for at least 2 months, Flores showed he can be a suitable offensive fill in. Like Wright, he may not hit a lot of Home Runs, but will be able to get on base on a consistent basis. Consider that his weekend numbers include his 0-3 on Sunday against Fernandez.
James Loney: 6 for 12, 2B, Home Run, 2 Runs, 3 RBIs
In addition to Flores, Loney was the other Met to hit .500 for the weekend, and could have done better if not for a similar 0-3 against Fernandez. In Friday and Saturday’s games, Loney was part of the “New York Rays” contingent that also included Asdrubal Cabrera and Rene Rivera who went a combined 8 for 20, with 3 Home Runs, a Double, 5 Runs scored and 5 RBI’s in those 2 games.
The Road trip continues Monday in Pittsburgh, where Neil Walker makes his first appearance in the Steel City as an opposing player, and Steven Matz faces ex-Met Jonathon Niese in the opener.