If the New York Mets are going to have any hopes of winning the World Series this season, there are teams that they SHOULD beat, and teams that they MUST beat to be able to have that chance. After experiencing trouble with Atlanta, Milwaukee and Pittsburgh throughout June, the Mets headed into the last 11 games prior to the All-Star Break having to face the Cubs, Marlins, and Nationals. With a sweep of the Cubs, and taking 2 of 3 from Miami, they are 6 for 7 against teams in the “they MUST beat” category. Since Washington dropped 2 out of 3 from Milwaukee, the Mets are now back to 4 games out of first.
Here are the 3 stars from the Marlins series:
Jeurys Familia: 2IP, 2 Saves, 1 Hit allowed, 1 BB allowed, 2Ks
Closing out the back end of a bullpen that only allowed 3 runs (on a Giancarlo Stanton Home Run) in 9.1 innings pitched for the series, Familia saved his league-leading 30th (and 46th consecutive) save.
Yoenis Cespedes: 5 for 12, Double, Home Run, 2 Runs, 3 RBIs
Cespedes’ 2-run double on Monday capped off the scoring as the Mets came back from 6 runs down to get the win, and continue the offensive explosion from Sunday. Cespedes’ RBI numbers could have been higher, if the 1-2 hitters had not gone 0-7 ahead of him on Tuesday.
Wilmer Flores: 3 for 11, 2 Home Runs, 3 Runs, 3 RBIs
So, the secret to getting Flores to produce is to threaten his status on the team? In 2015, it was a failed trade to Milwaukee that propelled him offensively in August. Since learning that Jose Reyes was making his return to New York, and supplanting him from the everyday Third Base role, Flores has gone 9 for 17, with 4 Home Runs, 7 Runs, and 7 RBI’s. Definitely making his case to play everyday.
If the Mets are finally the groove they enjoyed after the trade deadline last season, I’m wondering if the turnaround point was the late-inning comeback in game 1 of the Cubs series, or the 6-run deficit overcome on Monday against the Marlins.