Before I present the 3 stars of the series against the Philadelphia Phillies this weekend, its time for another edition of “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly”.
The “Good” is that the New York Mets were able to take two out of three from Philadelphia, while being able to score 21 runs in the process. The long ball continued to fly out of Citi Field, occurring 8 times, with 2 Grand Slams. And they were able to make up a game in both the Divisional and Wild Card races, moving to 9 and 2.5 games out respectively with 32 games remaining.
The “Bad” is that the injury bug is still lingering, with Neil Walker and Yoenis Cespedes missing Sunday’s game with flare ups of previous injuries, and Asdrubal Cabrera re-injured his knee in his first at-bat on Sunday as well.
The “Ugly” is that as much as the team as a whole has been hitting lately, Jay Bruce (1 for 8), James Loney (1 for 8), and Curtis Granderson(0-7) all continue to struggle, with Bruce’s slump forcing him into a “mental’ day off on Saturday, and Granderson dropping to 7th in the order.
With that said, here are the 3 stars from the series:
Each pitched 7 innings, with Colon giving up 4 Earned Runs, and Syndergaard just 1. Colon struck out 6 (Syndergaard 7), and each walked 2 batters. But it was their hitting in the series that gives them a star. Colon collected his second career multi-hit game, with a double and scored 2 runs. Syndergaard also smacked a double and scored a run.
Jose Reyes: 5 for 9, Double, Home Run, 4 Runs scored, RBI
Again, Reyes gets a star for his ability to get on at the top of the order. With the way the remainder of the lineup was able to hit this weekend, Reyes’ Runs numbers increased to 4 for the series.
Asdrubal Cabrera: 5 for 8, 3 Home Runs, 4 Runs, 5 RBI’s
Before his injury beating out a bunt single on Sunday, Cabrera continued to be the Mets best hitter the past week, hitting .458 over the past 7 days, and has been able to raise his average 16 points over the last 10. Hopefully, his knee injury is not too serious, and he is only listed as day-to-day.
Up net, is another key series against the Marlins, who are only a game ahead of the Mets in the standings.