We’re getting into the thick of the season now.
We started the week on a high, in the midst of a winning streak, going undefeated on a 5-game homestand to bring the streak to 7 games.
Then we hit Tampa like a brick wall, losing a close one, and a not-so-close one. Let’s hope it doesn’t start a significant skid.
But the good news is we’re still above .500 and in first place! And that’s pretty cool.
Hey, how have the Mets been doing?
🟠 Sunday 5/9 vs Diamondbacks - W 4-2
We got our first series sweep, and a 5-game win streak going! A nice gift for all the Mets Moms out there 💐
Jake got the start, and he cruised through 4 innings, keeping his pitch count ridiculously low. In the 5th, however, he seemed to lose his command, giving up a few walks and 1 run. When he came back out to warm up for the 6th he immediately signaled that something was wrong, and was taken out as a precaution. Early reports said it was muscle tightness on his right side, but lower than the lat issue he had last week.
With Jake leaving early, the bullpen stepped up big time. Castro, Barnes, and Diaz combined for the final 4 frames, with only Barnes surrendering a run on a solo shot from former Met, Asdrubal Cabrera. Diaz came in with 1 out and a runner on 2nd in the 8th, something he hasn’t had much success with. He hit the first batter he faced, but managed to induce a double play to escape the jam. He came back out for the 9th to earn a 5-out save.
The offense is finally starting to produce runs, although without much power. Lindor had a sac-fly. Conforto & Smith each had RBI singles, and Mazeika got another RBI without a hit, on a bases loaded walk. But as long as the pitching can continue to hold opponents to just a run or two per game, small-ball will work just fine.
🟠 Tuesday 5/11 vs Orioles - W 3-2
Another wild win to bring our streak to 6 games!
Stroman took the mound, and he continued his early season dominance. With 1 out in the 7th, Stro was surprisingly pulled. He had given up 2 singles, and loaded the bases with an intentional walk to force the Orioles to pinch hit for their starter, John Means, who was cruising. It was a double play situation, and no one is better than getting a ground ball than Stro.
Loup came in and of course gave up a sac fly, but quickly got the 3rd out.
May pitched the 8th and gave up 1 run on a perfectly executed bunt, and Familia worked a clean 9th.
The Mets, who were already short-handed from injuries, lost McNeil to cramps as he rounded 1st, trying to stretch a single into a double. And even more concerning was Albert Almora Jr. who sacrificed his body, crashing face-first into the wall on an amazing attempt in CF. Unfortunately the ball popped out, but thankfully Albert has no lasting damage.
Conforto got run scoring started in the 8th with an RBI single to cut the O’s lead in half. Dom Smith tied it up on a single in the 9th to set the table for yet another walk-off fielder’s choice from Patrick Mazeika.
🟠 Wednesday 5/12 vs Orioles - W 7-1
Matt Harvey returned to Citi Field to face the Mets after working back to a starting role with the Orioles. The home crowd gave him a warm welcome, which was nice to see. But the Mets batters were not as kind, hanging 7 on him in just over 4 innings.
Taijuan Walker took the mound, and served up another gem. He went 7 innings, giving up just 1 run on 4 hits, 3 walks, and fanning 4.
Gsellman and Drew Smith finished off the game with a clean inning apiece.
The Bench Mob and the corner outfielders powered the Mets offense, with Dom Smith having his biggest day at the plate this year, going 3 for 4 and driving in runs in two separate innings.
This win brought the streak to 7 games.
🟠 Friday 5/14 at Rays - L 3-2
David Peterson ran into some early trouble, walking 2 in the 2nd, but after a visit from Jeremy Hefner, he settled down and retired the next 17 batters in a row.
Unfortunately he ran into trouble again in the 8th, giving up a home run and a double before retiring a batter.
He was pulled for Trevor May, who allowed the inherited runner to score.
The Mets offense didn’t have much going for the first half of this game against Rays ace, Tyler Glasnow, who looked unhittable. Until suddenly he didn’t.
The Bench Mob continued to produce with Pillar singling with 2 outs, and Villar blasting a home run to follow him. Unfortunately Glasnow returned to his dominant self for the next 3 innings, preventing the Mets from scoring any further.
Castro had a rare bad outing from the Mets bullpen in the 9th, loading the bases with 1 out. Loup came in to bail him out, and got the 2nd out, but the Rays walked it off with a single.
Winning streak over.
🟠 Saturday 5/15 at Rays - L 12-5
The Mets went with a “bullpen game” for this one, with Drew Smith as the opener. He pitched well, going 2 innings, striking out 3. The one run he gave up was from a throwing error by Nido trying to throw out a base-stealer.
Joey Lucchesi was up next, and he continued to struggle, allowing the Rays to tie the game before Reid-Foley was called in from the pen. He wasn’t much better today, allowing two more runs.
Tommy Hunter pitched two clean innings, but then Barnes & Familia got lit up for 3 runs each in the 8th, putting the game well out of reach.
The Mets offense was powered by home runs, something we haven’t seen much of lately.
The Bench Mob got things started early with Peraza blasting a 3-run shot in the 2nd. Pete added a solo HR for his hometown crowd in the 3rd, and Lindor went deep in the 8th to come back to within 1 run. But as I mentioned above, the wheels fell off in the bottom half of the 8th.
CAUGHT IN A RUNDOWN
All the news from this past week, which you’ve probably already seen by now.
🟠 The Mets called up Drew Smith, and optioned Trevor Hildenberger on Sunday.
🟠 After his outing on Sunday was cut short with muscle tightness, Jake’s MRI thankfully came back showing no structural damage. He was placed on the 10-day IL to rest up. The Mets have 2 scheduled off days this week, so he may only miss one start.
Sean Reid-Foley was recalled to take his spot on the roster.
🟠 Opening Day next year is gonna be a hot ticket 🔥
🟠 Almora Jr. was placed on the 10-day IL after the above mentioned crash into the wall. Sending him good healing vibes 🙏
Khalil Lee was called up from Syracuse to fill his spot.
🟠 On Saturday, Khalil Lee was sent back down to Syracuse. Jake Hager was called up, and made his big league debut, wearing number 86 👍 And Trevor Hildenberger was DFA’d.
TWEET THE METS
🟠 Stro was hyped for Sugar’s dominant final out 🦵
My dawg @SugarDiaz39 with the celebration before even completing his delivery. 🤯🙌🏾— Marcus Stroman (@STR0) May 9, 2021
🟠 Stro is rockin his Twitter catchphrase on his cap 💩
🟠 Almora Jr seems to have his wits after that scary collision with the wall (and he’s right) ⚾️
Poo-poo take. https://t.co/9yDcUeS5J4— Marcus Stroman (@STR0) May 12, 2021
I caught it...— Albert Almora Jr. (@albertalmora) May 12, 2021
🟠 After sweeping the brief homestand, the boys are ready for Florida 🏄🏻♂️🌺
🟠 Nothing but love from Str0 for his teammates 🥰