After being swept at home by the lowly Arizona Diamondbacks to fall to a game over .500, the New York Mets were starting to see their chances of making the playoffs this year melt away faster than an ice cube in this week’s heat and humidity. After taking 2 out of 3 from San Diego this weekend, they showed that they are still willing to fight for the playoffs, by taking it one series at a time to get back in.
Logan Verrett did not give much hope on Friday, allowing 8 runs in 2.2 IP. It looks like he will lose his spot in the rotation the next time out, Wilmer Flores again proved the extra-innings hero on Saturday, driving in the winning run on an infield hit. And Steven Matz pitched another Matz-terpiece on Sunday to take the series.
At the end of the weekend, they find themselves still 2 games out of the final Wild Card spot, with 45 games left in the season. Here are the 3 stars for the series:
The Bullpen: 12 IP, 2 ER, 3 Hits allowed, 0 Walks, 14 Strikeouts, Win
Jeurys Familia's second blown save of the season notwithstanding, the Bullpen turned in an amazing performance the weekend. Seth Lugo, Erik Goeddel and Hansel Robles pitched 6.1 innings of perfect relief following Verett’s meltdown, allowing the offense to try and mount a comeback, only to fall 2 runs short. Goeddel and Gabriel Ynoa were perfect in their 2 innings Saturday after Familia blew the save in the ninth with Ynos earning his first Major League win. Addison Reed and Ynoa also held off the Padres on Sunday, striking out 3 in 1.2 innings.
Wilmer Flores: 4 for 8, Home Run, 2 Runs, 3 RBI’s
After his 11th inning walk off on Saturday, Flores launched a Home Run in the second on Sunday to give the Mets the spark needed in the 5-1 win.
Steven Matz: 7.1 IP, 1 Hit allowed, 2 Walks, 8 Strikeouts, Win
Matz did not allow a hit until Alexei Ramirez’s single just inside the first base line with 1 out in the 7th. Matz was pulled immediately after that hit, which occurred on his 105th pitch of the game. I’m sure all Mets fans were hoping that he would get the no-no, but his high pitch count brought back memories of Johan Santana 134-pitch no hitter in 2012. With his bone spur issues, here’s hoping that Matz’ 225 pitches thrown in his last 2 games will not enhance the injury as the playoff push goes full speed ahead.