1. K-Plaw Finding His Stroke
He was beginning to find his stroke in the series down in San Diego, and that later continued into LA and carried over to Colorado. In the series against the Rockies he collected three hits along with three RBI and a double. Over the last ten games he is hitting .306 with a HR and five RBI. With the uncertainty of when d’Arnaud will return, it’s a pleasant surprise to see Plawecki starting to get more comfortable at the plate.
2. Cespedes Continues to Hit
Yoenis Cespedes continued to do what he does best this weekend, and that’s hit. As it turned out, he was one of the few Mets who actually decided to do that this weekend. He had a rough start to the series on Friday night, going 0 for 4, but finished the series going 3 for 9 with a double, home run, and an RBI. His home run in the series finale pushed his season total to 12, which is tied for second in the majors. He is tied for third in the majors with 32 RBI.
3. DeGrom Pitched Well Enough to Win
Even though he didn’t get the win, Jacob deGrom had a strong start in my mind, and did not get the best of help from some of his defense. His final line was 6 1/3 innings allowing three runs on just four hits. He only struck out three batters. The first run he allowed came in the bottom of the 2nd inning due to a misjudgment of a line drive from left fielder Michael Conforto. He battled through the next three innings and did not allow another run until he gave up two-out solo home run to Carlos Gonzalez.
1. One Step Forward, Two Steps Back
In his last start against the San Diego Padres, Matt Harvey showed some promising signs that he was getting back to his normal self. Instead of continuing that momentum into his next start on Friday night in Colorado, Harvey backtracked, allowing five runs on 11 hits in just 5 2/3 innings. Of those 11 hits, five were of the extra-base variety. It was his first career start at Coors Field and it will be one he will need to forget about.
2. Logan Was Due
Going into Saturday night’s game, every Mets fan had hoped that Logan Verrett could duplicate what he did the last time he pitched at Coors Field. You’ll remember last August when he pitched eight innings while only allowing just a run on four hits. This time around things did not go so well for Logan and the Mets. Verrett couldn’t make it out of the third inning, as he gave up seven runs on 10 hits and three walks. It also didn’t help his cause that the Mets were on the wrong end of a terrible call made by a rookie umpire. The call had a major impact on the Rockies five run third inning, and quite possibly changed the whole outcome of the game
3. Where is the Offense?
The last time the Mets were at Coors Field prior to this past weekend was August of last year. The Mets swept the Rockies in three games that series while scoring a total of 33 runs. This time around the Mets were the ones who were swept, all while scoring a total of just nine runs. At Coors Field especially, that is not a lot of runs. They also continue to struggle with driving in runners in scoring position. This weekend they went 6 for 24, which believe it or not is a bit of an improvement for them. The Mets also struck out a total of 24 times between the three games. They are now tied for third worst in the N.L. in that department.