Last week, the New York Mets took advantage of Washington’s 7-game losing streak to pull within 2 games of theWashington Nationals. But, as is typical with Mets teams past and present, it always seems to be “2 steps forward, 3 steps back”. You do not need to look any further than the sweep by the Nats to push the Mets back to 6 games out. In addition, they are now in third place in the division, and stand tied with St. Louis, one half game back of the Marlins for the second wild card spot.
Mets fans seem to be getting a case of déjà vu, as this season seems to be going the way last season did: Hot start in April with team clicking on all cylinders. Injuries to key starters (including and extended stint for David Wright 2 years in a row). An offense that seems to become anemic once the calendar hits June. However, the pitching seems to be doing okay, but can only do so much without having an offense to back them up.
This feature seems to be getting harder to write as the season goes along, but here are the 3 Mets who rose above the rest:
Brandon Nimmo: 4 for 12, Run.
Promoted from AA during the Atlanta series to replace the struggling Michael Conforto, Nimmo collected his first 4 career hits against the Nationals. He is now hitting .250 since being called up. Nimmo’s rise to the Majors is being compared to Conforto’s last season, and like Conforto, will just need some time to get used to the pitching at this level. Once he does, I feel that he will be producing offensively on a regular basis.
Asdrubal Cabrera: 3 for 12, Double.
Cabrera is still producing regularly for the season, batting .262. Cabrera continues to hit the ball in the middle of the lineup, but his numbers would be much higher at this point if the offense ahead of him provided more opportunities.
Yoenis Cespedes: 4 for 12, 2 Runs.
As with Cabrera, Cespedes’ numbers would have been better for this series, and the season as a whole if the rest of the lineup was not in such a deep funk.
The Mets now start a 4-game NLCS rematch against the Cubs, followed by the Marlins and Nationals heading into the All-Star Break. This will be a good time for the offense to get back on track, and not fall much further out of the playoff race by the end of July, when the record will dictate what deals are made at the trading deadline on July 31.