Ladies and gentlemen, your New. York. METS!
Sitting in first place and winners of SEVEN straight!
No Brandon Nimmo. No J.D Davis. No Luis Guillorme. Jacob deGrom has only pitched 5 innings in the last two weeks. Jeff McNeil, who just started hitting, is now day to day.
Dominic Smith looks to be breaking out of his slump but he’s had a really rough start to the season. Lindor is heating up after what may have been the worst stretch of baseball in his career.
At this point we pray for James McCann to strike out rather than hit into double plays.
Yep, thriving so far, against the Diamondbacks and Orioles.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) May 13, 2021
🤷♂️ Doesn’t matter who we beat, honestly. The teams were on our schedule.
Sure, you’d rather play the Rockies than the Dodgers when you’re short-handed, but a wins a win.
The Mets should be commended for staying above water these last few weeks.
They currently sit at 18-13. Imagine where they’d be if they weren’t pitching as a staff to an ERA of 2.89. (Second best in the league.)
The Met bullpen has an ERA under 3! 3! The Met bullpen! Usually, you are happy with under 5.
Oh, yeah. Carlos Carrasco, Noah Syndergaard and Seth Lugo should all be returning soon.
So, no matter who they’ve played. There is definite room for optimism here.
Enter the Tampa Bay Rays.
Marcus Stroman, who’s been fantastic, gets the start Sunday. Tonight is David Peterson. Tomorrow is TBD.
Wouldn’t it be great if we could win a series on the road in Tampa? Considering we head to Atlanta next, it would be terrific to face the Braves with a little momentum on our side.
When you factor in the series with the Marlins and another 4 game set with Atlanta before we say farewell to the month of May, this series becomes very important.
Let’s see what the Mets are made of!
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