On a chilly Friday night in Flushing, Zack Wheeler made his first start for the Mets since September 25th 2014. As you would expect anyone player who hasn’t played a professional game in over three years, there was rust. Wheeler started successfully with 2 strikeouts in his first but in the following 2 innings he gave up 5 earned runs. Josh Smoker relieved Wheeler in the 5th to give up two more runs to the Marlins. The Mets offense continues to be in a slide, scoring just once off of Wei-Yin Chen despite Chen giving up 7 hits in his 6 innings of work. Cespedes added another run on his first home run of the year in the 8th inning. Reyes continued his early season struggles going 0-for-5 and was hitting .056 after this game, producing just one hit of the year.
Robert Gsellman made his first start of the season on Saturday night. It was an up and down outing, Gsellman only made it throw 5 innings and threw 91 pitches. The Marlins batters were making him work, and he struggled to keep the ball low. He battled and only allowed 3 earned runs in his 5 innings of work while allowing 6 hits. The Mets bullpen continued its shaky start to the season giving up 5 runs in its 3 innings of work. Hansel Robles and Raf Montero continue to struggle to start the season, combining for 3 ER, 3 walks, 4 Hits in 1.1 innings. Robles and Montero both struggled with their command early in the season and need to find if the Mets want to be successful this season. Just like in the first game of the series, the Mets offense didn’t produce. They could merely produce 3 total hits in the game and 1 off of Marlins starter Adam Conley. Lucas Duda struck out two more times and is now striking out in almost half of his at bats. The Mets need to get the offense in groove if they want to capitalize on good starting pitching to open the season
Noah Syndergaard was able to build on his great outing in the season opener against the Braves. Syndergaard looked up to the task on Sunday night striking out nine in seven innings. He surrerended 5 hits and only 1 earned run. His only blemish was in the 3rd inning where he allowed a leadoff double to Derek Dietrich. Following the double, Cespedes dropped a flyball that was recorded as an error. Dee Gordon doubled following that scored two runs, one earned and the other unearned. So far on the season, Syndergaard has 17 K to 0 BB with only 1 earned run. For the first time in the series the Mets offense showed up, scoring 3 runs on 4 hits in the first inning. They got a bit fortunate when Cabrera was caught heading home but Realmunto was unable to control the throw home. Jay Bruce and Michael Conforto were able to tack on insurance runs via the home run ball as well. Addison Reed picks up his first save of the season with a perfect ninth inning and the Mets move to 3-3 on the season.
The Mets back-end of the rotation did not look equally as sharp as the top 3. Both Wheeler and Gsellman looked rusty which is understandable with the long lay off between starts. Syndergaard looked like his normal electric self and was able to lock in one win in the series. The offense still continues to struggle, with Jose Reyes producing just one hit and one walk on the season which is hard to overcome from your lead off man. Conforto only got 5 at bats this series but managed two hits including a homer that was nostalgic of the beginning of last season. The Mets will head to Philadelphia on Monday where Jacob deGrom is looking to maintain his successful start on the season versus Jerad Eickhoff.