So the Mets finished their road trip with a blast on Sunday, hitting four home runs in a 6-3 win over the Diamondbacks. Despite their success with the bat on Sunday, the hitting just was not there during the whole road trip, leading to a 3-4 west coast swing. There were some positives and negatives of the series out west. Jacob deGrom earned Co-NL Pitcher of the week after throwing an eight inning, 2 hit game last Monday and striking out 10 Diamondback batters on Sunday. Ruben Tejada continued his hot streak, although he has cooled off in the last two games, but he’s swinging the bat very well right now. Some negatives, Daniel Murphy is the latest Met to go down, now he’s on the 15-day DL, leaving the Mets even more shorthanded than they already were. The hitting is atrocious, as now the first place Mets are regularly batting three guys who are hitting under .200, and Granderson, the leadoff man, is hitting only .232. Oy vey.
Pitching matchups for the series
|Date||Time||Channel||Giants starter||Mets starter|
|June 9th||7:10||SNY||Chris Heston||Noah Syndergaard|
|June 10th||7:10||SNY||Tim Hudson||Matt Harvey|
|June 11th||7:10||SNY||Tim Lincecum||Jon Niese|
The dynamic duo in the infield
Shortstop Brandon Crawford and second baseman Joe Panik have surprised everybody this year and have become one of the most dangerous middle infield combos in the league. Crawford, 28, has always been known for his glove, but this year he’s raking. So far in his 2015 campaign, Crawford is hitting.289/.361/.492, way above his career .248/.316/.373 mark. He has also added 8 HR’s and 38 RBI. Panik is in his first full major league season, and his making the most of it. He’s batting .316/.384/.456 so far with 4 HR’s and 22 RBI. The Mets could learn a thing or two from the Giants on how to build a middle infield.
Help is on the way!!!
The long wait is hopefully coming to an end, as the Mets will more than likely get back both Travis d’arnaud and Dilson Herrera, both who suffered broken fingers, sometime this series. With Murphy going down with the hamstring injury, Herrera could not be coming back at a better time. Obviously it isn’t Pete Rose walking through that door, but anything is an upgrade over Eric Campbell and Danny Muno at this point. Travis d’arnaud will hopefully bring some firepower to this Mets lineup too. He was tearing it up and was maybe the Mets best hitter in April before he was lost to a broken finger after being hit by a pitch. Also, Kevin Plawecki and Anthony Recker suck ass, so getting them out of the lineup is addition by subtraction in and of itself.
The Mets will be seeing Angel Pagan, a Met from 2008-2011 (also known as the dark ages). Pagan was a fan favorite and has fared very well in San Francisco, winning two World Series with the Giants. Another player who’ll be excited to come to New York will be Joe Panik. Panik is from Hopwell Junction, NY and played his college ball for St. Johns.
That’s the feeling for every Mets fan whenever Jon Niese’s name gets brought up. We were fine with Niese early in the season when he was 3-2 with a 1.95 ERA and a sub-1 WHIP, but now it’s just frustrating to watch him pitch. Right now Niese is just the guy who’s blocking our chance to see Steven Matz pitch and win a million Cy Young’s. Niese went 6 innings and gave up 3 ER on 6 hits last time out in Arizona but got the loss. Not his worst start, so I can’t really blame the loss on him. But hopefully it’s just a matter of time before Sandy can swing a deal and ship Niese out of town.
Prediction: Mets take 2 of 3