“If you roll with Apu, I’m down with you!”
This intends to be exactly what it states at the top – a recap/look back at the last series of Apu Nahasapeemapetilon’s favorite squadron – The New York Mets.
Injured At The Wright Time? – It was an awkward slide in one of the strangest games in recent memory and resulted in a right hamstring pull. He’s out two to three weeks, coinciding with missing the annual Subway Series, six games against Miami, and a four-game series against Washington.
It’s not an easy schedule. There’s not much that can be said more than that. But the starting pitching has been outstanding, Curtis Granderson leads the major leagues with 10 walks, and Lucas Duda is batting like a legit No. 3 hitter with a .353 batting average and seven RBIs.
The man who will replace Wright, Eric Campbell, was leading the farm system with a .550 average in Triple-A Vegas. Yes, he went 1-for-5 and left three on in the series finale, but he was involved with two of the six runs scored. He’s a 28-year old that can fill many different positions and here’s hoping we’re getting him while he’s hot.
Either way, this team will be tested but can hope for a healthy summer with the eventual returns of key pieces like Wright, Bobby Parnell, Vic Black, and Jenrry Mejia. Adding players like that can serve as the necessary boost to keep a team headed in the right direction.
Numbers Never Lie – For all the fear and worrying after a 3-3 road trip, the Mets have won four straight to move into a tie atop the NL East with the Braves. Their run differential (+9) is second-best in the National League and the 25 runs allowed are third-lowest in the Senior Circuit.
They’ve amassed 30 hits in three games since opening Citi Field and Juan Lagares’ two hits on Wednesday move his average to .222 for the young season.
The best thing about Lagares’ hits are the fact they went to center and right field. That means he’s seeing the ball a bit better, enough so that he’s not swinging out of his shoes like he was during the first six games of the season.
The fact that he plays a Gold Glove defense in center field provides fans with an easier pass for the early struggles at the plate; something that Wilmer Flores didn’t get, especially after making costly errors in Atlanta. Lagares was raking in Florida and if he can get close to that stroke, the loss of Wright won’ hurt as much while also making the 5-year/$23 million contact he signed seem like a steal.
What’s Next – A four-game series against Miami that’s an early-season big deal. This is the same squad that journalists applauded for their off-season moves; that the same writers wrote in as either a wild-card selection or even surprising everyone by winning the NL East. And to top it all off, on Sunday we’ll get to see Matt Harvey vs. Giancarlo Stanton (0-for-6 with 2 Ks).