3 Up, 3 Down: Mets Charm Snakes in Sweep

3 UP

1. Jake deGreat

Were you concerned about his pitching just one inning in his first start off the disabled list? Did you think the beginnings of trade speculation and the absurd New York Daily News back page was a distraction?

Well, Jacob deGrom reminded us all that he’s an ace who is not going anywhere at the moment.

In seven brilliant innings, deGrom struck out 13 while walking none. That feat and his 800 career strikeouts put him in Tom Seaver and Dwight Gooden territory. When you are in the same conversation as those two, you know you are doing something special.

If you haven’t already, it’s time to put deGrom into the discussion of the great Mets pitchers.

2. Conforto & Nimmo Stepping Up

With Yoenis Cespedes on the disabled list and Juan Lagares likely gone for the year, the Mets desperately need Michael Conforto and Brandon Nimmo to be the players many believe they can be.

The were just that in the series against the Diamondbacks.

Conforto was 5-for-11 with a homer and four RBIs. He put together just the second four-hit game of his career, and he hit his fourth homer of the season.

Nimmo was 3-for-11 with a double, two walks, and two stolen bases. His double was a leadoff double in the ninth inning of Friday leading to the game winning run, and his OBP now sits at .435 for the season, best in the National League were he to qualify.

Overall, the two helped pave the way for the Mets offense, and what makes it all the more impressive is they were able to do some of their damage against left-handed pitching despite the Mets attempts to shield them from just that.

3. Middle Infield Offense

All year long, Asdrubal Cabrera has been the Mets MVP. He confirmed that in this series laying down a bunt against the shift to further the game winning rally on Saturday. On Sunday, he came off the two bench to deliver a pinch-hit go-ahead two-run homer in the seventh.

Amed Rosario has earlier tied the score with a clutch homer, then followed Cabrera’s homer with his second homer of the game.

This is part of a much improved Rosario at the plate, who during this homestand recorded his second career three-hit game and first two home run game of his career.

3 DOWN

1. Matz Bad Again

In the weekend sweep of the Diamondbacks, we saw the return of the Mets we saw early in the season.

Clutch hitting. Aggressive base running. Dominant bullpen. Winning deGrom and Noah Syndergaard starts. But yes, another poor start by Steven Matz.

Sure Jarrod Dyson should have been called out, but that doesn’t mean Matz shouldn’t have then allowed the immortal John Ryan Murphy to hit a two run homer off of him.

That was the second homer in the game off Matz, who has already allowed nine homers this year, three less than all of last year.

It also marked yet another start where Matz didn’t last five innings. Matz hasn’t pitched five innings in four of his eight starts this season, and he’s now averaging just under 4.2 innings per start.

As we saw Saturday, a big reason why is he melts down whenever things don’t go his way. This is eerily reminiscent of Jon Niese.

This is a big reason why Mickey Callaway has said he envisions Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman, both of whom have been brilliant lately, getting starts sometime this season.

2. Dom in Right

Look, you cannot fault Sandy Alderson for the outfield depth situation. The Mets began the year with five MLB starting-caliber outfielders. He picked Bryce Brentz off waivers on the eve of the season.

However, yet again, even with a new training staff, the Mets have gone through a rash of injuries leaving the team with just three MLB-caliber outfielders.

With that backdrop, the Mets are giving the slimmed down Dominic Smith some reps in right field, a position he played in high school, to provide further outfield depth in care of yet another injury.

In his one game out there, he adequately handled his chances, and even recorded an outfield assist with his strong arm.

And no, this is not a precursor to Peter Alonso getting promoted to either Las Vegas or Queens.

3. Reyes Still Here

For the second time this season, the Mets have cut dead weight from the roster.

First, it was Matt Harvey, who in a masterful stroke, Sandy Alderson turned into Devin Mesoraco, who has been a revelation for this team.

Next, the Mets designated Jose Lobaton, who was bad at and behind the plate, for assignment.

Yet, somehow Jose Reyes, who has objectively been the worst player in baseball with a 2 wRC+ and -0.5 WAR, remains on this team.

Worse yet, he’s not pinch hit for in key situations leaving him up there to pop out with the bases loaded and one out (as he did Saturday) and not get the runner home.

Ultimately, if the Mariners can coax Ichiro Suzuki into a front office position, and the Padres can release Chase Headley, the Mets can find an end game for Reyes.

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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.