Mets fans are still trying to figure out how they should really feel after this weekend’s series, where the New York Mets split the four- game series in Atlanta. On one hand, the Mets are still not hitting, only able to manage 3 runs in the last 24 innings, but were somehow able to score 8 in the 5 innings before that. On the positive side, Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Bartolo Colon and Steven Matz(except for one inning) were able to provide pitching to keep them in the games this weekend.
They won 5 out of the last 10, but 7 of those games were against the cellar-dwelling Braves, but were only able to take 2 of those games. Despite the recent troubles, the Mets still were able to make up 3 games on Washington this week, and now only sit 3 behind the Nationals heading into their series this week, as the Nats have also hit the skids offensively, losing 7 out of the last 8.
Personnel-wise, it seems the Mets are heading into their transitional period again. Jose Reyes was signed to provide utility at Second, Third and Short. Michael Conforto accepted the fact that he needs to work out his issues away from the bright lights on New York, and was sent back to Las Vegas to make room for prized prospect Brandon Nimmo.
As I begin to realize that this season is starting to resemble last year, here are the 3 stars for the series:
Colon: 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 Hits, BB, 2Ks
It does not appear that Colon has any issues after lasting only 4 pitches in his last start against Kansas City, where he took a ball off the hand. Until the 8th inning and the Braves sealed the game with 4 runs off of Antonio Bastardo and Logan Verrett, Colon was locked into a pitching battle with Bud Norris.
Jacob deGrom: 8IP, 0 ER, 7 Hits, BB, 6Ks
After the 8 run outburst on Friday, the Mets once again reverted back to the no-scoring version of the team, but deGrom pitched a career-high 8 innings to keep the game scoreless until Kelly Johnson’s pinch-hit Home Run in the 11th to win it.
Neil Walker: 6 for 18, Double, 4 Runs, 2 RBIs
Clearly the offensive star for the weekend, Walker scored 4 of the 13 team runs this weekend. He is now third on the team in runs with 30, and second on the team in RBI’s, also with 30.
With just 14 games to go until the All-Star break, the schedule will be a tough one, with the Nationals, the Marlins and Cubs scheduled.