The 10 game road trip came to a somewhat disappointing end with a split of the 4 game series in Milwaukee. After taking the first two games of the series, including another great performance by Matt Harvey, the New York Mets dropped the last 2 games of the series. The offense showed more signs of life, banging out 37 hits in the 4 games, but were unable to overcome a pitching staff that gave up 5 home runs on Saturday, or a defense that committed 3 errors on Sunday. Here are the 3 stars for the series:
Wilmer Flores: 6 for 15, 2 doubles, Run, RBI
Flores continued his good hitting in this series, after becoming the now-regular third baseman in the absence of David Wright for at least the next 2 months. Flores’ average is now up to .250 for the season, and provided some offense in the lower third of the batting order this weekend.
Yoenis Cespedes: 6 for 17, 2 doubles, Home Run, Run, 3 RBIs.
Cespedes looks to have shaken off the ‘mini-slump’ he went through during the Pittsburgh series. Although he did not put up much in the power numbers category, he did get on base regularly. His 1 run scored for the series was a testament to the lack of hitting behind him for the weekend.
Curtis Granderson: 7 for 15, Double, Triple, 2 Home Runs, 4 Runs, 3 RBIs
This was the best series I’ve seen out of Granderson in a long, long time. He was just a double short of a cycle on Saturday. His 3 RBI’s tied Cespedes for the team lead in the series, but as was the case with Cespedes and scoring runs, Granderson’s RBI numbers would have been much higher if the bottom third of the lineup had gotten on base more during the series.
With Washington sweeping Philadelphia over the weekend, the Mets have now dropped to 4.5 games behind the Nationals for the division lead. They are also now one half game behind the Cardinals for the top Wild Card spot. After a day off Monday, they will return home for a 3-game series against the Pirates.