Now that the All-Star break is over, we’ve entered the time of the season where teams begin to evaluate where they are leading up to the July 31 trading deadline. Teams must decide whether they are going to be buyers or sellers after taking into consideration their first half performance along with their standing in the Divisional or Wild Card race.
Starting the second half 6 games behind Washington in the Division, and tied with Miami for the second Wild Card spot, the Mets are also trying to answer several questions themselves. Do the get a reliever? Do they try and get a starter to replace Matt Harvey, or will Logan Verrett provide enough support? Does the offense need a slight upgrade?
After taking 2 out of 3 from Philadelphia this weekend, the Mets were able to keep pace with the Nationals who also took 2 out of 3 from Pittsburgh.
Here are the 3 stars from the Phillies series:
Bartolo Colon: 5.2 IP, 0 ER, 4 Hits allowed, 4 Ks, 2 BBs
Maybe Colon used not playing in the All Star Game as motivation, but he retired the first 13 Phillies on Friday until appearing to break down due to the heat in the 6th. He did allow 3 runs, but those were unearned due to a throwing error by James Loney in the 6th.
Asdrubal Cabrera: 5 for 13, Double, Home Run, 2 Runs, 2 RBIs
Cabrera was the offensive star for the weekend. With the loss of Yoenis Cespedes until Sunday, and the inability of the team to hit with runners in scoring position (especially on Saturday) Cabrera provided at least some sense of an offense in the series.
Jacob deGrom: 9IP, 0 ER, 1 Hit allowed, 7 Ks, 1 BB
Total “deGromination” on Sunday. In pitching his 1st career complete game, deGrom also tossed the 39th 1-hitter in Mets history, allowing only a 2-out single to the opposing pitcher, Zach Eflin, in the third. Could not even tell that this was deGrom’s first outing in 10 days. With the masterpiece, deGrom lowered his season ERA to 2.38, good for third in the National League.
The Mets look to continue their success against the still-slumping Cubs in a 3-game series staring Monday in Chicago.