After nearly being no-hit in game 1 of the series, the New York Mets found their offense to take the final 2 games against the Pittsburgh Pirates to start off the 8-game home stand on a positive note. Due to a mounting injury report, the Mets used a backup-heavy lineup in the series. With the win on Thursday, the Mets were able to gain a half game on idle Washington, and remain 5 games out of the top spot. Here are the 3 stars from the series:
Noah Syndergaard: 8.1 IP, 2 Earned Runs, 5 Hits allowed, 11 Strikeouts, 0 BB
Syndergaard pitched effectively in game 2, and the 11 run offensive outburst was more than enough to end a 3 game losing streak. Syndergaard’s 11 strikeouts puts him as the fastest Met to 100 K’s in a season, accomplishing the feat in just 81 innings.
Kelly Johnson: 4-11, Home Run, 2 Runs scored, 2 RBIs
Johnson is proving why he was re-acquired from Atlanta last week. He is able to provide veteran backup at Second and Third, as was the case Thursday when he replaced Wilmer Flores, who left with a hand injury. Johnson helped provided some offensive spark in the middle of the lineup, which was a main reason why 11 runs were scored on Wednesday
Curtis Granderson: 5-14, Home Run, 3 Runs, RBI
If the Mets offense is going to turn around, it is going to need Granderson to get on at the top of the order. Granderson went 4-10 in the last 2 games when batting leadoff, including a leadoff Home Run on Thursday, which was his 6th this season, and 17th as a Met.
Up next is a weekend series with Atlanta. The pitching matchups favor the Mets, with Matt Harvey, Steven Matz, and Jacob deGrom slated to start, but he offense will need to be able to back them up with continued offensenull