After the brief, 2-game series against the Kansas City Royals, there’s good news and some not so good news. The good news is that the New York Mets were able to take 3 out of 4 against the World Champions this year, and winning the last 2 games allowed them to gain some ground on Washington. The not so good news was that the offense continues to go through a slump, managing only 6 runs on 12 hits in the series, with 10 of those hits coming from 3 players. Add in the fact that Bartolo Colon only lasted 4 pitches on Tuesday before leaving the game when he was hit on the hand by a comebacker, and Noah Syndergaard left early Wednesday with arm tightness. Here are the 3 stars for the series:
Yoenis Cespedes: 4 for 6, Double, Home Run, Run, RBI
Like Syndergaard, Cespedes also left Wednesday’s game early due to a possible injury, but not before providing a third of the hits collected in the series. His 18th Home Run on Tuesday is currently good for 3rd in the National League.
Asdrubal Cabrera: 3 for 7, 2 Home Runs, 3 Runs, 3 RBIs
Cabrera gets the title of Offensive Leader for this series, providing the most power, and responsible for half of the runs.
The Bullpen: 11.2 IP, 1 Earned Run, 8 Hits allowed, 1 BB, 13 Strikeouts
Forced into action early on Tuesday due to the injury to Colon, and pitching another 3 on Wednesday to pick up for Syndergaard, Hansel Robles, Eric Goeddel, Jerry Blevins, Addison Reed and Jeurys Familia are the top star(s) of the series. Having to pitch that many innings to help back up an anemic offense, the bullpen certainly earned top honors. No rest for the weary, as a series in Atlanta begins Thursday with Matt Harvey on the mound. With Harvey, you are not sure if you get an innings eater, or if he will falter early, and need the bullpen to see more action.
The upcoming schedule does no favors. After a 7 game road trip to Atlanta and Washington, the Mets will return home to face the Cubs, Marlins and Nationals to close out the first half of the season.