The New York Mets bounced back by winning their fourth straight game and sweep the Phillies. Citizens Bank Park was the ballpark the Mets needed to get their offense going. The team combined to hit 10 home-runs in their three games and now are tied with the Rangers for the most team home runs in the league with 16. The offense had been scuffling to start out the new season, in their first 6 games the Mets only scored 21 runs. However, in the series sweep against the Phillies they exploded for 23 total runs and doubled their offensive output on the season. Some standouts in the series from the dish would be Lucas Duda (2), Yoenis Cespedes (3), and, Jay Bruce (2) each who had a multi home run game. Asdrubal Cabrera continued his hot start to the season, hitting 6-13 in the three games, including his first home-run of the season and three doubles. He is now slashing .342/.375/.474 and looks to be building off his strong finish to the 2016 season where he hit 10 home runs in his final 41 games. Special mention to Michael Conforto who lead off for the first time since high school last night and went 2-for-4 with three runs and a home-run to deep left-center. Conforto could stick at leadoff with his excellent on-base skills and has been swinging a hot bat when given the opportunity.
The Mets starters were strong but not sensational in Philadelphia maintaining a 3.63 ERA in the series. They were supported by solid run support that can be rare with the streaky Mets offense, the Phillies rotation had an ERA of 9 in the three games. Jacob deGrom was touched up early in his outing giving up 2ER on three hits and two walks in the first inning but from their only allowed three more hits while going 6 total innings. Matt Harvey looked sharp in his start on Tuesday giving going 5 ⅔ and giving up 2 ER before being taken out after a hamstring injury. He has was again bitten by the solo home-run bug he appears to have this season by giving up a long home-run to Maikel Franco. Zach Wheeler looked great in his 2nd start of the year and picked up his first win since September of 2014. His only Earned runs came when he was pulled in the 6th inning after loading the bases with 2 outs. Hansel Robles came in and gave up a grand slam on the first pitch he saw.
After the sweep, the Mets will travel to Miami to take on the Marlins (4-4) in a 4 game series. The Mets look to avenge the previous series with the Marlins which saw the Fish take 2/3.
Projected Pitching Matchups
Thursday, April 13, 7:10 PM: Robert Gsellman (0-1, 4.50 ERA) vs Wei Yin Chen (1-0, 1.50 ERA)
Friday, April 14, 7:10 PM: Noah Syndergaard (1-0, 0.69 ERA) vs Adam Conley (1-0, 1.80 ERA)
Saturday, April 15, 7:10 PM: Jacob deGrom (0-0, 1.50 ERA) vs Edison Volquez (0-1, 3.27 ERA)
Sunday, April 16, 1:10 PM: Matt Harvey (2-0, 2.92 ERA) vs Dan Straily (1-1, 7.56 ERA)