The week started off much like the season: Postponed.
And it didn’t get much easier from there. Between COVID, rain, and even snow, our Mets have had no fewer than seven, SEVEN, games postponed so far this season.
What on earth is going on?!
The good news is that we’re somehow both above .500 and in first place in the NL East!
Let’s hope we can keep both of those things true the rest of the way 🤞
Hey, how have the Mets been doing?
🟠 Sunday 4/11 vs Marlins - PPD
The tarp was on the field for most of the morning, and it returned to the field after just 9 pitches by Marcus Stroman. Not sure why they thought they could get this one in as the forecast showed rain all day.
🟠 Monday 4/12 vs Phillies - PPD
Another day, another rainout for the Mets. It’s gonna be really hard to get things going if these guys can’t actually play any baseball.
🟠 Tuesday 4/13 vs Phillies - W 4-3, W 4-0
The Mets made up their rained out game from Monday with a 7 inning double header on Tuesday.
Taijuan Walker got the start in the first game, and he started off strong, pumping strikes in there. He only went 4 and 1/3rd innings, but had 8 Ks on the day. Castro, Diaz, and May combined to give the Mets just enough to hang on and win this one.
Dom Smith got the Mets on the board in the 1st with a 2-run shot. But the Mets’ bats were quiet until the 8th, which was technically extra innings. The Phillies has pulled ahead in the top of the inning on an unearned run, but Pete Alonso drove in the tying run, and Jonathan Villar won it with a walk-off single to left field.
Marcus Stroman changed plans and started in game 2 of the double header, and he was even more lights out than Walker. Str0 went 6 strong innings, scattering 4 hits and striking out 3.
Familia came in for the final frame, and pitched as well as he has in recent memory.
Brandon Nimmo had himself a day, powering the Mets’ offense with 3 hits and 3 RBIs.
It was a convincing win to cap off the double header sweep, and the whole team finally looked to be clicking.
🟠 Wednesday 4/14 vs Phillies - W 5-1
David Peterson was on the hill for this one, and the southpaw sparkled! He went 6 innings, giving up only 3 hits and 1 run (a solo hr), and fanning 10 batters.
Familia struggled in his relief appearance, but Aaron Loup & Sugar Diaz cleaned up nicely to finish the game out.
Nimmo continued to get on base, going 3 for 5, and Lindor, Smith, McCann all had multi-hit games as well. Our new backstop hit his first home run as a Met, a 2-run blast in the 8th.
Another convincing win against our division rivals.
🟠 Thursday 4/15 vs Phillies - PPD
Another day, another rain out. That seems to be the theme of the early going for our Mets. Just gotta deal with it and hope the momentum they built in the games they’ve actually been able to play can continue.
🟠 Friday 4/16 at Rockies - PPD
The Mets traveled to Denver, but the bad weather still managed to find them, as the series opener was postponed due to snow ❄️
🟠 Saturday 4/17 at Rockies - W 4-3, L 7-2
Another 7 inning double header! Yay?
deGrom finally got to start in game 1, after some extra rest. He started off a bit rusty looking but eventually settled into his usual dominant self. After allowing 2 runners on base to start the 2nd, he proceeded to strike out 9 straight batters, just one shy of tying Tom Seaver’s MLB record. Oh and he also had a total of 14 Ks for the second straight start. Unreal.
The Mets offense was typically quiet for a deGrom start, but they managed to scratch out a comeback to go ahead in the 7th thanks to some clutch hitting by Villar and Lindor.
Diaz came in to slam the door shut, striking out the side in the bottom of the 7th.
Joey Lucchesi made his Mets debut in the nightcap, and gave up three 1st inning runs, but looked better in his next two frames.
Gsellman made his first appearance of the year in relief, and worked around a double, but Jacob Barnes came in the following inning and allowed the Rockies to blow his doors off. Sidearmer, Trevor Hildenberger, looked sharp in his inning of work, which is encouraging.
The Mets offense scuffled with the exception of a 2-run double down the first base line by McNeil. Not nearly enough offense for a game in Denver.
CAUGHT IN A RUNDOWN
All the news from this past week, which you’ve probably already seen by now.
🟠 Yet another hostile/sexually inappropriate workplace report from the Wilpon era Mets front office was revealed by The Athletic on Friday morning. It’s really awful and embarrassing to see our Mets organization revealed to be so creepy & gross. Fortunately the Wilpons are gone, and Steve Cohen seems to be taking this stuff seriously. Unfortunately Sandy Alderson was around for a lot of this stuff that’s now coming out, and has actually brought some of the folks involved back to the organization, and he’s sounded a bit tone deaf in his response to the revelations.
Will this be it for Sandy’s tenure with the Mets? It’s unclear, but it doesn’t look great. Especially if Steve Cohen really wants to make a statement that this sort of environment won’t be tolerated.
As for now, Steve is waiting on the report from the independent law firm he brought in to investigate and give a clearer picture of the organizational culture.
🟠 The Mets signed a guy 🤷🏻♂️
Mets have signed outfielder Mason Williams to a minor league deal.— Michael Mayer (@mikemayer22) April 16, 2021
The 29-year-old went 2-for-18 in the big leagues for the Orioles in 2020.
🟠 Some more roster news, as JD makes his return.
INF J.D. Davis has been activated from the 10-Day Injured List. INF José Peraza has been optioned to the alternate site. LHP Stephen Tarpley will be the team’s 27th man today. RHP Franklyn Kilome has cleared waivers and has been outrighted to the Alternate Site.— New York Mets (@Mets) April 17, 2021
TWEET THE METS
🟠 Str0 was not happy about having his start washed out by rain, and rightfully so 🌧
This game should have never been started. Not smart at all. Those conditions put everyone at risk. Beyond happy no players on either side were injured. Hate that I have to wait another 5 days to pitch again. That’s a miserable feeling. However, #LFGM each and every day! @Mets— Marcus Stroman (@STR0) April 11, 2021
🟠 Nido, our Mets Twitter prince, still had some fun on the field, knowing that Thursday’s game would likely be a wash.
🟠 Even though he didn’t get to wear 42 on his back due to Thursday's rain out, Str0 still showed how he honors Jackie Robinson every day with his beautiful ink piece.
Got you tatted for a reason. Beyond grateful for your heroic presence through dark times. Your sacrifices allowed me to play the game I love today. Forever thankful for you. Thank you Jackie! #JackieRobinsonDay 🖤 pic.twitter.com/x4zc6PQgXZ— Marcus Stroman (@STR0) April 15, 2021
🟠 The Mets are suddenly looking just as good on the red carpet as they do on the diamond with the addition of guys like Str0 & Lindor 📸
🟠 This one is reposted from Stroman’s Instagram. His old pal, Kevin Pillar, has jokes as the team arrives in snowy Denver ☃️🏈
The Mets arrived in Colorado late last night:— SNY (@SNYtv) April 16, 2021
"What are we, the Green Bay Packers?" 🥴❄️
(via IG/str0sh0w) pic.twitter.com/ZMs5oRjdH2
🟠 The Mets changed their profile pic to honor Leighton Accardo, the daughter of assistant pitching coach, Jeremy Accardo, who lost her battle with cancer last November. Leighton was a huge fan of the NHL’s Arizona Coyotes, and was inducted into their ring of honor this week, hence the hockey sticks and ice skates in the logo 🏒⛸