Some of these “3 stars” reports basically write themselves, and there are some where you would need to really dig deep to find 3 New York Mets who stood out in a series. The series against the Chicago Cubs falls into the second category. After taking 2 out of 3 from Philadelphia after the All-Star break, the Mets dropped 2 out of 3 to Chicago, ending their 8-game win streak against them.
Once again, the culprit is the Mets inability to get runners home. The team went a collective 3 for 21 with runners in scoring position. That was the main reason that only 5 runs were scored in the entire series. The Mets now stand in third place in the Division, as well as on the outside looking in for the second Wild Card spot.
Here are the 3 Mets who stood out this series:
Kelly Johnson: 4 for 6
Yes, 4 for 6 is a good series. However 4 for 6 does not mean much if nobody behind you is hitting to drive you in, as the hitter before you went 0 for 3, while you went 4 for 4 in Wednesday afternoon’s game.
Rene Rivera: 3 for 4, RBI
Rivera was the hero in the lone win of the series, driving in the winning run in the top of the 9th. Rivera’s game-winning hit was 1 of the 3 collected with RISP.
Wilmer Flores: 3 for 8, 2 Home Runs, 2 Runs, 3 RBI’s
Flores WAS the offense for this series. He hit the only 2 Home Runs hit as a team, scored 40% of the team’s runs, and drove in 60% of them.
The Mets now head to Miami to face the Marlins, where they look to overtake the Marlins in the Wild Card race. With the offense struggling, a matchup against Jose Fernandez slated for Saturday would not seem like the drought would come to an end.