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.
A Costly Victory – The Mets finished off the sweep of the Marlins by winning the type of game they’ve lost the last …well, I can’t really remember when they would win games like this.
The fourth inning was a microcosm of the offensive season so far. After looking like they couldn’t hit anything, Curtis Granderson starting the inning with a single. The flood gates opened with a total of four singles and two walks for a 3-1 lead.
Then they took advantage of a mistake, a catch-able ball off the bat of Ruben Tejada that should have just been another sacrifice fly. Instead it fell in for a three-run double and the frame ended with a 7-1 lead for Matt Harvey. That should have been the end of it, but being a snake-bit franchise means it wouldn’t be that simple.
The Marlins strung together some hits and chased Harvey in the top after Terry Collins tried to get another inning out of him. He was trying to save Jerry Blevins, but went to the lefty and watched him get the first two outs before the snake bit.
A line drive by Dee Gordon fractured the left forearm of the left-handed specialist. Granderson had a similar injury two years ago and missed 10 weeks, so my guess is he’s back for a nine-game road trip out west starting in Los Angeles on July 3.
Less than 30 minutes later, another Met was lost with a fracture. This time, Travis d’Arnaud, he of the .317 average with two home runs and 10 RBI’s, was hit by a pitch in the hand. Timetable figures he’s gone four to six weeks, but at least we’ll get to see our top prospect Kevin Plawecki.
Soup Will Do You Good – This eight-game win streak has been a complete team effort, including dipping into the minors and filling the hole created when David Wright went down. Eric Campbell has played five games and is hitting .308, but there’s so much more to what he’s provided.
His on-base percentage is .353 thanks to a couple of walks. Speaking of a couple, he’s got two sacrifice flies, serving as a professional hitter and helping to pick up one of his three RBIs. But for all the stat-heads out there, his WAR is 0.5.
WAR stands for Wins Above Replacement, so for a replacement to be outperforming the expected number for a replacement is impressive. That number includes defense, which was likely boosted by him starting a slick double place on Saturday with a barehanded grab on a roller to the left side of the infield.
With all the early season injuries and ailments that have plagued this team since leaving Port St. Lucie, the most impressive part of the win streak is the fact that isn’t happening at all with all the people missing. If it’s to continue, especially now with d’Arnaud out of the lineup, Campbell must continue his steady play for a few more weeks until The Captain returns.
What’s Next? – The Mets get a well-deserved day off before taking on Atlanta in a match-up between the top two teams in the NL East. The Mets’ starting rotation, which is taking not walking people to an entirely new level, will throw their back end at the Braves with Niese on Tuesday.
Rafael Montero was sent down to prepare him for a spot-start on April 28. The front office line is this is another move to avoid overuse of the starters (cough, Matt Harvey), but many believe this is an audition for the fifth spot in the main rotation.
So it will be interesting to see Dillon Gee on Wednesday. He faced the Braves in Atlanta and gave up five runs in five innings. He pitched slightly better against the Marlins, but will that be enough to keep him in the starting rotation?