1. T.J. Tearing It Up
With Lucas Duda sidelined, the Mets elected to make T.J. Rivera the team’s everyday first baseman. It’s been a stroke of genius. In his 10 games as the Mets first baseman, he has hit .353/.436/.588 with five doubles, a homer, five RBI, and a stolen base. Since he has taken over, the Mets are 6-3 and are averaging 7.3 runs per game.
2. RISP Actually Scoring
One of the biggest issues for the Mets last year was hitting with runners in scoring position. Their .225 batting average was dead last in the Majors and their on base percentage was second to last. It was a major factor in the Wild Card Game loss as the Mets couldn’t bring Rivera home after he hit a leadoff double in the fifth.
This year is a completely different story. The team’s .328 batting average and .424 OBP with runners in scoring position are the best in baseball. This has been huge in a 10-game stretch that saw the Mets score five-plus runs nine consecutive times and seven or more six times.
3. Sewald Shines
With Wilk only lasting 3.2 innings on Sunday, the Mets needed someone to step up. That was Paul Sewald who was simply outstanding. He picked up the slack allowing just one run on four hits while walking none and striking out six.
This is further growth from what we’ve seen from him. After really struggling in his first appearance, Sewald has settled down and hit his spots. Since that first outing, he has made five appearances going 0-0 allowing just the one run. With more appearances like that, he may well become a trusted bullpen arm.
1. Harvey Suspended
The Mets wouldn’t confirm the reason. However, what was made clear was this wasn’t Harvey’s first transgression. Certainly, the reports of Harvey not showing up to the ballpark elicit reminders of him missing the team workout immediately prior to the 2015 NLDS.
Whatever the truth is, it’s going to come out. That much is clear from Harvey filing a grievance. No matter what the case, Harvey is a 28 year old man. It’s time he starts acting like a professional.
2. What Pitching Depth?
The Mets just played a three game series where the best start they received was a five inning effort in which Gsellman allowed three runs on eight hits. That’ll happen when you start Robert Gsellman, Rafael Montero, and Adam Wilk.
For all the vaunted pitching depth the Mets purportedly had, how did Montero and Wilk get a start this season? How did it happen in back-to-back games?
Sure, the route here may have been unforeseen, but the possibility shouldn’t have been overlooked. The seven starters was more hype than solid foundation. Of the seven, three were returning from season ending surgeries. Two were likely to have innings limits, and another hadn’t pitched in two years.
Looking at it that way, the Mets were bound to go deeper than those seven, which meant that Montero was likely to get a start. The Mets should have never been in that spot as they should have brought in more depth.
3. Thumbs Down On Cabrera’s Health
Given how limited Asdrubal Cabrera has appeared in the field and on the bases with his leg injury, it really only seemed as if it would be a matter of time before he exacerbated the injury to the point he would need to go on the disabled list. On Saturday, when he dove for a ball on the slick field, it appeared he really injured the leg this time.
As it turned out, it was the thumb on his non-throwing hand. Fortunately, the MRI showed no ligament tears. Unfortunately, though, it is sprained and will not require a disabled list appearance meaning the Mets will be short-handed for the foreseeable future. Also, because it’s a shorter term injury, that means no Amed Rosario for now.
After taking two or three from the Marlins, the Mets will host the San Francisco Giants for a three game set.