With the 9-game, post All-Star Break road trip coming to an end, the New York Mets head home with a 5-4 record on the trip, after taking 2 out of 3 from the Marlins in Miami. With the Nationals dropping 2 of 3 to the Padres, the Mets are now back to 5 games off the Division lead. They are also in a 4-team logjam with Los Angeles, Miami and St. Louis within 2 games of each other for the 2 Wild Card spots.
A couple of positives can be taken away from the Miami series. First is that they scored 10 runs in the series, with only 2 coming off of a home run. Second, after going a measly 1 for 10, with Runners in Scoring Position in Friday’s win, they rebounded nicely on Saturday and Sunday, going a combined 6 for 16 in those two games. Hopefully, this is a sign that if you are going to win it can be done by playing ‘small ball’.
Here are the three stars for the weekend:
Jeurys Familia: 2 Saves, 2 IP, 1 ER, 2 Hits allowed, 1 BB, 2 K’s
Familia saved his league leading 35th game this season on Sunday. His 51st consecutive save dating back to August of last year gives him the third longest consecutive games saved streak behind Tom Gordon (54) and Eric Gagne (84). Familia was able to continue his streak with help from Hansel Robles and Addison Reed who combined for a scoreless 4.2 Inning pitched, allowing only 2 hits in setting up Familia.
Michael Conforto: 3 for 3, 1 Run scored
Conforto only started in Sunday’s game after pinch-hitting on Saturday. But he made his first ever start in Centerfield at any level, and showed that he looked like he’s played there all along by making a spectacular diving catch to start off the bottom of the first, setting the stage for Steven Matz to earn his first win since May.
The Top Of The Order: 13 for 39, 2 Doubles, Triple, 5 Runs scored, 5 RBI’s
Jose Reyes, Curtis Granderson and Yoenis Cespedes share top honors this weekend. Their combined offensive output set offset the remainder of the lineup’s sub-par weekend (except for Conforto and James Loney). If the top of the lineup can continually set the table, the runs scored will go up if the others behind them also start to produce similar numbers.
The Mets now head home to face the Cardinals, and will try and pass them in the Wild Card standings.