Alright, this is better. After losing three series in a row, the Mets got over the minor hiccup by winning their next two. Although a series of two games shouldn’t really count as a series, I’ll take any sort of uplifting stat that I can.
Now, this week was special in that not only were there two off days, but there really wasn’t any one consistent player. Each player played their small part over the course of the week… just not in the same game. So, the offensive honors are going to be broken down by day, with a mention to the Met who did most for their team that day. The traditional means of distributing honors can stay for defense and pitching, but to go along with the weirdness of this week, we can let this recap get a little weird too.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: RUBEN TEJADA
Speaking of weird, Ruben Tejada did something good. I don’t know if I can do this seriously. Before I get into this, I am a firm believer that Ruben Tejada should not be associated in any faction of a professional baseball league. However, I will acknowledge that he can be pretty alright to have for a week. Whether it’s helping turn key double plays or making beautiful glove flip plays, Ruben’s defense is unquestionably better than Flores’ and will have to suffice while Wilmer finds himself. The double play is a key component to any game, but the Mets especially seem to reap the most benefits from it. If there’s one thing Ruben does well, it’s turn double plays. I think I can live with this for a little bit longer… (where are you, Matt Reynolds?)
OFFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK, BROKEN DOWN BY DAY:
Tuesday: Kevin Plawecki‘s two run double proved to be the winning runs in a close 3-2 contest with the O’s. It was a fantastic piece of hitting by the rookie, taking one down the line in a situation with two RISP and one out– which, as we all know, is often a hard situation for the Mets to capitalize in.
Wednesday: Dilson Herrera had a fantastic day at the plate, amassing three hits and driving in three. He hit his first home run of the year as well, with a little help from replay review.
Friday: This game really sucked. Our only run was the result of a wild pitch. So, Cole Hamels gets the honors for this day. Congrats.
Saturday: Somebody dialed NINE JUAN JUAN! Lagares’ first home run of the season was a laser to left that put the Mets in front for good and quite possibly shifted the momentum in their favor. With the offense being nearly non-existent over the past week, timely hitting is everything, and Juan made sure to make a statement in that regard.
Sunday: When I saw the lineup for this game, I almost laughed because it was so bad. So naturally, they scored seven runs. And the biggest hero? Pinch hitter Johnny Monell, who drove in the insurance runs that gave the Mets a comfortable three-run lead heading into the final inning. The argument could be made that Curtis Granderson‘s home run was the game changer, or how Ruben Tejada scored two runs. But the Phillies had been chipping away at the Mets’ lead all game, and Monell’s double all but relinquished the Phillies’ chance for a comeback.
PITCHER OF THE WEEK: JEURYS FAMILIA
It’s almost impossible to narrow down this week’s honors to just one pitcher. After all, the pitching was the reason the Mets even won any of these games. But when you break it down and look at each of the five games played this week, the Mets never had a lead of more than four runs. More often than not, they were close games in which the momentum wasn’t clearly on the side of any one team. Any pitcher short of a shutdown closer would have likely coughed up the lead.
In fact, over the course of the season, the Mets are 18-0 when leading after eight innings. Who’s to thank for that? Jeurys Familia. A perfect 13-for-13 in saves on the season, Familia’s 20 strikeouts in 17.0 IP is no fluke. His fastball is practically unhittable when it has movement on it. His slider is downright filthy. And when he’s handed the ball in a tight game? The result is all but guaranteed. “Familia” may technically mean “family” in Spanish, but according to Jim Breuer, it’s Latin for “GAME OVER!”
– Bartolo Colon stepped up in a big way when he compensated for the gap that Gee’s DL stint left. Although the better of his two starts for the week came on Monday (6.2 IP with 1 ER and 9 SO), he is now tied for first with Felix Hernandez with six wins on the year. How he can keep doing this at age 41 throwing almost nothing but a fastball will forever blow my mind.
– No matter how much we all want to jettison Jon Niese for some reason, he still has a 1.95 ERA and he’s still giving us quality starts game after game. The nose knows best.
– Jacob deGrom is back to his normal self, matching Colon’s Monday start with 6.0 IP and nine strikeouts of his own. The power of the gnome compels him.
– Curtis Granderson is finally breaking out, hitting two home runs in two games that proved to be key. Only 27 more and maybe he can live up to his contract.