Take a look at the Mets box score from Tuesday night and let it sink in. Folks, I haven’t that many hits in Philadelphia since Rocky Balboa fought Apollo Creed for the 2nd time on Thanksgiving Day 1976.
Lets watch some homers first.
I’ve never seen a professional hitter swing and fall down more than I have with Yoenis Cespedes in his 200-ish games with the Mets. If he keeps doing this, however, I’ll drop it.
Lucas Duda joined the show by attacking the ball harder than he attacked this donut last week.
Duda’s bomb went 448 feet, good for the 4th longest home run in the MLB this season. He now how 14 career home runs in just 46 games at Citizens Bank Park. You can definitely say that it’s always runny in Philadelphia for Lucas Duda.
The Mets victory over the Phillies brought them to 5-3, and they are sitting atop the NL East alongside the Washington Nationals. With only 154 games to go, this will be an exciting race to follow.
(Almost) everybody is hitting! With one exception *coughJoseReyescough* the entire Mets lineup has woken up at the plate over the past view games. The Mets struggled to hit during their first couple games at home (the weather didn’t help) and they looked eerily similar to last year’s team. In the previous 7 games, the Mets scored 25 total runs, forcing Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom to receive no-decisions in what should/could have been early season wins. The 14 spot put up on Tuesday could be a good indicator that more runs are ready to be scored.
The lineup shake-up worked. Tuesday’s game was the first time that Jose Reyes wasn’t batting leadoff this season. He started the year in a horrendous slump, and his 1-6 outing on Tuesday actually raised his average to .061. It’s obviously not the start you want to see for any player, let alone your leadoff guy, but there aren’t any real pressing concerns (yet) about his ability at the plate. In the meantime, he has been more than fine playing third base in David Wright’s absence. However, Terry Collins finally decided to move Curtis Granderson up to the leadoff spot, and he responded by walking on 8 pitches in the first inning to start a 3-run rally. Given Granderson’s power numbers from last year, the Mets wanted him to be in more positions to knock in runs in the middle of the order, but this will have to do for now.
Asdrubal Cabrera was playing hot and was just a triple shy of batting for the cycle on Tuesday. In case you missed it, Phillies reliever Edubray Ramos blatantly threw a pitch behind and above Cabrera’s head on Monday, much to Asdrubal’s displeasure.
Asdrubal hit a walk off home run last year against Ramos, and his bat may still be in the air waiting to land. Regardless, Cabrera walked in that at-bat on Monday, and continued his success by going 4-6 with 2 RBIs and 3 runs scored on Tuesday. He also had a heads-up play by tagging from first base on a pop out to the catcher behind home plate. The little things go a long way in this game. He also did this on Monday:
Matt Harvey showed that his first start against the Braves was no fluke. He gave up 2 runs in 5 2/3 innings while striking out 6. His fastball was hitting 97 which is great to see. If he can continue to hit the 97 mark alongside his refined off-speed pitches, then the Mets might just have the best #3 starter in the MLB. As for the injury he sustained in the 6th inning, it is believed that it was just a cramp, and both Terry Collins and Matt Harvey said that he’ll make his next start on schedule (April 16th @ Miami).
Lets check in on Jay Bruce….
That’s all you need to know for now.
I’m not gonna beat a dead horse but Jose Reyes needs to get some hits pronto. Being one of the few legitimate speed guys on the roster, the Mets need him to get on base and cause some problems. After a solid spring training and World Baseball Classic performance, I think he’ll be just fine, but there is some cause for concern starting to build up.
Michael Conforto needs to play more. I’m not sure where, or how, but he has looked phenomenal in is limited time out on the field (despite the fly ball that he and Cespedes let drop between them). The problem with letting Conforto play is that either Cespedes, Granderson, or Bruce would have to sit out, and all three of them are mashing the ball as well. And to make matters worse/more complicated, Juan Lagares is just about 100% healthy and tearing it up in his rehab games. Even though he looks MLB ready, it may be in both his and the Mets best interest to keep him down in AAA to get everyday at-bats, until a potential trade or injury happens at the MLB level.
The annual “he’s not that hurt oh wait just kidding he’ll be out for the year” charade that the Mets put on is already in full swing with Seth Lugo.
I guess this is what people mean when they say not to count your chickens before they’ve hatched. Everybody was bragging about how the Mets have 7+ more than capable MLB starters on their roster and now I’ve screamed in horror over a Syndergaard blister and a Harvey leg cramp. If you Google, “Ray Ramirez Mets” all you’ll see are pictures of the ghosts of New York Mets past and all of their untapped potential slowly leaving their bodies. You hate to see that, Cotton.
The Mets will go for the sweep of the Phillies Wednesday night with Zack Wheeler slated to go up against Vince Velasquez. Velasquez is 1-1 with a 1.76 ERA in 3 career starts vs. the Mets. However, his career ERA is 4.30. Hopefully, the Mets’ bats still have some life left in them after Tuesday night, as they’ll try to give Zack Wheeler some run support while he tries to find his true form out on the mound. Conforto and Cespedes both have hit a HR against Velasquez, and Asdrubal Cabrera is 3 for 6 lifetime against him, so if you’re a fantasy guy those may be a couple favorable match ups for you.
Until then, enjoy this video of Noah Syndergaard chasing down the Phillie Phanatic and hope that the Mets will follow suit on Wednesday.Follow @trevozza