1. Thor Gets Velo Back
The stage was set on Tuesday night with two of the top arms in the league going head to head in the middle game of the series. It was one the Met surely had to have, after dropping the opener on Monday night. Although he struggled at times, Noah Syndergaard lived up to the moment and still managed to throw 5 2/3 innings while only allowing one run on seven hits and eight strikeouts.
It wasn’t his best, but anytime you go into Wrigley against this Cubs lineup and manage to only allow a run, you did your job. Perhaps the best thing to come out of his outing was that his arm did not show to have suffered from any fatigue. Syndergaard touched 100 MPH in the first inning and went on to throw 105 pitches.
2. Backup Comes Through
Rene Rivera was in the middle of just about everything on Tuesday night, some good and some bad. However it was his two-out RBI single in the top of the ninth that scored Neil Walker to give the Mets a 2-1 lead that they would barely hold onto. It was Rivera’s third hit of the night, and most certainly his biggest hit as a Met.
3. July Homer Surge
There wasn’t much offense to be had for the Mets in Chicago these past three days, but one thing is for sure, Wilmer Flores continues to hit, and should be in the lineup more often. In the two games he started this series, Flores collected three hits, including two home runs and three RBI. His seven home runs this month are the most in the majors, yet Wilmer still has a tough time cracking the everyday lineup.
1. Matz Struggles Continue
With his loss on Monday night, Steven Matz is now winless in his last eight starts dating all the way back to June 1. In that stretch he has gone 0-5 with a 5.20 ERA while allowing 57 hits in 45 innings.
Matz’s velocity is fine, and visibly it does not seem as though his bone spurs have been affecting him, but for whatever reason his command is not where it needs to be, especially with his changeup. With a somewhat demoralized pitching staff, Matz is going to need to be better if the Mets want to make a run at the playoffs.
2. Old reliable?
In the rubber game of the series Wednesday afternoon, the Mets looked to Bartolo Colon to salvage a series win. However, it was not to be. Colon looked flat as did the entire Mets team did from the early going. He allowed two runs in the first inning and then two home runs to Anthony Rizzo. Over 4 1/3 innings Bart allowed six runs on eight hits and two walks. In his last three starts Colon has an ERA of 7.36 and hasn’t gotten past the sixth inning in any of them.
3. Bad Decision Making
I normally don’t have too many qualms when it comes to Mets skipper Terry Collins, but I thought sitting Yoenis Cespedes, Asdrubal Cabrera, and Neil Walker, in the rubber game of a big series at Wrigley, was a bit of a head scratcher. You can talk all you want about getting guys rest, especially those who are still nursing injuries (Cespedes), but I’m just not sure why Terry decided to rest all three on what I believe was a very important game.
On top of that the Mets have an off day on Thursday. I’m not sure if those three guys would have made a difference against Hendricks and the Cubs on Wednesday afternoon, but what I do know is that the Mets looked downright sluggish and lifeless from the very start of the game, and apparently so was Terry Collins. His decision to not challenge the play at the plate with Loney was strange, especially with him looking like he may have been safe after watching the replay.