3 Up, 3 Down: Houston Strong, Mets Not So Much

3 UP

1. Lagares Is An Exciting Player to Watch

The best part of Juan Lagares playing everyday is that you never know what exciting play he is going to make next.

Yes, he made a number of terrific plays in center over the weekend, but most of those really didn’t stand out because he always makes great plays.

Still, there was one incredible play many have never seen happen because Lagares is one of the few capable of making the play.

Tony Kemp lined a ball off the left field wall, which ricocheted over Brandon Nimmo‘s head and headed back towards the infield. Kemp motored around second and headed towards third with what should have been a stand-up triple. It wasn’t.

Lagares backed-up Nimmo, hustled to the ball, and made a perfect throw on the run. It was yet another play to put in the long highlight reel that is Lagares’ career.

Oh, by the way, he was 4-for-11 in the series with a double and a triple.

2. Dom’s Hitting

In the three game series against the Astros, Smith was 5-for-13 with two doubles, a homer, and four RBI. More important than the numbers is he looks more comfortable at the plate.

On the plus side, he “doubled” off the left-handed Francisco Liriano. Yes, it should have been caught by George Springer, but it was still deep enough to score a run. To that end, he got the job done against a tough left-handed pitcher.

3. Rhame’s Power Arm

In Jacob Rhame‘s major league debut, he came out throwing bullets. In his 1.1 scoreless innings of work, he was regularly hitting 95 MPH.

If these next few weeks are indeed a tryout to be a part of the Mets bullpen next year, Rhame has made a terrific first impression.

3 DOWN

1. More Injuries

It’s gotten to the point where there are so few healthy players left that no one could possibly get hurt.

Then Wilmer Flores breaks his nose fouling a ball into his face. Amed Rosario had to leave the next game following a finger injury. Post-game, Terry Collins and Rosario disagreed how long the finger had been an issue.

Overall, there have been only three Mets from the Opening Day roster who have not landed on the Disabled List this year – Jacob deGromJerry Blevins, and Curtis Granderson.

As we all know Granderson is now a Dodger. Believe it or not, he had not landed on the disabled list as a Met. That’s a streak arguably more impressive than Cal Ripken, Jr.

2. Starting Pitching

The best way to highlight how poor the Mets starting pitching was in this series was Seth Lugo was the only starter who didn’t allow seven runs. Rather, he allowed four in five innings after he once again failed to get through the lineup a third time.

In his first start back from the disabled list, Matt Harvey had nothing working as he allowed seven runs over two innings.

Chris Flexen allowed his seven runs over four innings with five of of them coming in the third. It erased a three-run lead and led the Mets towards another loss.

3. Collins Has Checked Out

On Saturday when asked why he allowed Smith to hit 3-0 against a left-handed pitcher, he responded, “Why the hell not?”

With reports he will not be returning next year, Collins is like the guy who gives his two weeks notice, shows up late everyday, takes two hour-plus lunches, and leaves before 4:00.

That could explain why the top four in his lineup is now locked in as Jose ReyesNori Aoki, and Asdrubal Cabrera while the young players that need developing sit in the bottom two thirds of the line-up.

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John was raised to be a Mets fan by birth, and now he is raising a Mets fan of his own. He also uses Sabermetrics to either confirm the proverbial eye test or to see if we're seeing things with Mets colored glasses. He looks forward to bringing this perspective to MMO. His work, including the tales of raising his son a Mets fan, can also be seen at MetsDaddy.com.