The Mets starting rotation, and even most of the bullpen, started off at such an elite level that it was making up for the lack of much offensive production. Only Brandon Nimmo seems to be producing consistently. But a lot of that could be chalked up to the scattered start with bad weather and the like. That bad weather luck is gonna change, and in fact they’ve been able to play all their scheduled games this week. The results so far have been inconsistent, but the big bats are gonna get hot sooner or later, and when they do... oh boy. Let’s just hope the defense can hold its own. LFGM, as Pete likes to say.
Hey, how have the Mets been doing?
🟠 Sunday 4/18 at Rockies - W 2-1
Marcus Stroman climbed the hill in Denver and absolutely leveled the Rockies, going 8 innings and scattering 3 hits, 1 walk, and 1 run on just 90 pitches. He also made a couple of fantastic plays in the field. The dude is just fantastic to watch. Height truly doesn’t measure heart.
It’s rare that a team scores only 2 runs at Coors Field and leaves with a win, but the Mets managed to do just that with McNeil & Davis each driving in one run.
Edwin Diaz came in for the 9th and looked sharp. He allowed a single to Trevor Story, but McCann and Lindor combined to catch him stealing on the first pitch to the next batter, for the 3rd and final out.
🟠 Tuesday 4/20 at Cubs - L 3-1
Tai Walker got the start, and started off decently, fanning 7 batters. But the ump started to squeeze him in the 4th, and Walker lost his cool, getting pulled with 2 outs in the inning. He ended up getting tossed by the home plate ump on his way to the dugout. Luis Rojas was also later ejected for chirping from the dugout.
Gsellman got the final out of the 4th, and Barnes pitched 2 innings with no damage. Familia & May also held things down with an inning a piece.
Unfortunately the Mets bats looked a frigid as the April breeze in Wrigley. Only JD Davis was able to drive in a run, a solo shot in the 5th.
🟠 Wednesday 4/21 at Cubs - L 16-4
David Peterson took the mound, and had an eerily similar start to Walker from the previous night. He pitched pretty well and then ran into trouble in the 4th. JD Davis opened the gates with an error, and from there the wheels fell off. Conforto made a throwing error. Gsellman came in and wasn’t effective. Lindor even made a rare error, just to fit in with the guys, I guess? The Cubs put up a very crooked 7 spot in the inning.
Lindor hit his first home run as a Met in the 1st inning. JD continues to hit the ball well, driving in another run. Pete demolished a ball out onto the street, but it was all for naught.
Eventually Luis Guillorme got into the game... as a pitcher. That’s the kind of night it was, folks.
🟠 Thursday 4/22 at Cubs - L 4-3
Man, we should’ve won this one! Joey Lucchesi started and breezed through the first 2 innings. With one out in the 3rd, things began to fall apart for the lefty. He walked 2 batters before getting the 2nd out. But the next batter sent one back up the middle, which ricocheted off Lucchesi, scoring a run. A 2-run double followed, before the inning mercifully ended.
The following inning Pete blasted another homer, to the back row of the LF bleachers, then Conforto came about an inch from going back-to-back, and we looked to be back in the fight. In the 7th JD knocked a pinch-hit RBI double to tie things up.
All the while Sean Reid-Foley had a brilliant appearance out of the pen, going 3 flawless innings, with 4 Ks. May, Loup, and Castro got us to the 9th, where Diaz worked around a lead off single, with the help of McCann gunning down another would-be base stealer. But then it went to extras.
Never mind the stupid runner on 2nd base rule. We had the damn bases loaded with 1 out, and Dom Smith grounded into a double play. Sugar’s second inning of work did not go nearly as well as his first. Swept in Chicago. Oh well.
🟠 Friday 4/23 vs Nationals - W 6-0
Jacob deGrom. That’s pretty much the whole recap. In a complete game shutout he gave up 2 hits, he got two hits (one of which was an RBI double). He walked none, and struck out 15. FIFTEEN.
Brandon Nimmo returned to the lineup and also did some cool stuff, like a late inning home run. But Jacob deGrom really did it all.
🟠 Saturday 4/24 vs Nationals - L 7-1
After the previous high of deGrom’s masterful performance, the Mets came crashing down to earth. Stroman started, and struggled early, allowing runs in each of his 4 innings. He wasn’t helped off the blocks, as Conforto allowed a simple base hit by the game’s first batter to scoot under his glove and go all the way to the wall.
Stephen Tarpley came in for the 5th, loaded the bases and hit a batter. Yuck. Gsellman relieved him, and pitched well for 3 innings. Barnes & Familia also pitched a strong inning apiece.
Much like most Mets fans watching this late-afternoon snoozer, the Mets offense fell asleep for this one, with only Michael Conforto hitting a solo shot off the RF foul pole.
CAUGHT IN A RUNDOWN
All the news from this past week, which you’ve probably already seen by now.
🟠 We’re pretty light on the news this week, which I guess is good news, as they say.
🟠 My advice for anyone considering running for President: Don’t 🤷🏻♂️
Report: Member of Mets board of directors might run for president. https://t.co/QXQziNnOCg— Tim Healey (@timbhealey) April 21, 2021
🟠 We got a roster move in the bullpen.
RHP Trevor Hildenberger was optioned to the Alternate Training Site following yesterday’s game. RHP Sean Reid-Foley has been recalled from the Alternate Training Site. #Mets— New York Mets (@Mets) April 22, 2021
🟠 And another roster move in the 🐂pen 🔄
LHP Stephen Tarpley has been recalled from the Alternate Training Site.— New York Mets (@Mets) April 23, 2021
LHP Joey Lucchesi has been optioned to the team's Alternate Training Site.
TWEET THE METS
🟠 Str0 calls out another poo-poo take 💩
Taunting? I flashed the gold on my glove to MY dugout. Clearly. Not even slightly towards the Rockies dugout. I have nothing but respect for everyone in the league. Stop reaching for clicks while trying to cause controversy. Poo-poo take sir! 💩 https://t.co/DrQqhD9xJn— Marcus Stroman (@STR0) April 19, 2021
🟠 Trevor dreams of becoming Jake on TikTok.
I doesn’t know. pic.twitter.com/INWD94r2Ib— Trevor “IamTrevorMay” May (@IamTrevorMay) April 19, 2021
🟠 Noah is out here starting trends 📚
🟠 The new boss has some words for the batters 😱 They immediately began to score runs after he tweeted this, so 🤷🏻♂️
Offense suggests runs scored , that wasn’t offense— Steven Cohen (@StevenACohen2) April 23, 2021
🟠 Jake’s teammates admire his masterful performance on Friday 👀
Sheesh. Witnessing the best to ever do it in real time. Beyond a pleasure to watch each time Jacob deGrom touches the mound. These numbers won’t be replicated for a long time. We’ll be telling our grandkids about this man. LEGEND! 🐐 @Mets— Marcus Stroman (@STR0) April 24, 2021
uh. LETS GO METS. 😬🤢🔥🧀— Trevor “IamTrevorMay” May (@IamTrevorMay) April 24, 2021
Is there anything DeGrom can’t do? 🤯— Jordan Yamamoto (@jyamaz50) April 24, 2021
Jacob deGrom is the GOAT!!!!!!!!— Taijuan Walker (@tai_walker) April 24, 2021