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After a 4-8 start to the season, the New York Mets may have found their feet.
The Mets went 4-2 this week and capped it by winning a series against the first-place Miami Marlins. Of New York’s four wins this week, three came against teams with winning records.
The other victory came against the reigning world champion Washington Nationals. The Mets are currently in the thick of things in the Wild Card race.
WEEK IN REVIEW
New York Mets 7, Atlanta Braves 2
Monday, Aug. 3
Jacob deGrom allowed two runs on five hits while striking out 10 in six innings of work to earn the win for the Mets. Wilson Ramos was 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs. Michael Conforto also had a big night, going 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored. Travis d’Arnaud homered for Atlanta in the loss.
New York Mets 3, Washington Nationals 5
Tuesday, Aug. 4
The Mets left 10 men on base as their rally fell short in the series opener in the the nation’s capital. Steven Matz struggled, allowing five runs on seven hits in just three innings of work to take the loss for New York. Conforto hit a 2-run home run for the Mets in the loss. Howie Kendrick and Josh Harrison each homered for Washington. Kendrick was 4-for-4 in the win.
New York Mets 3, Washington Nationals 1
Wednesday, Aug. 5
An RBI double by Juan Soto in the first inning was all the offense that Washington could muster off Mets’ starting pitcher Rick Porcello. Porcello yielded just a run on five hits in seven innings to earn the win. Dominic Smith plated two of the three runs for the Mets. Brandon Nimmo scored twice in the win.
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Miami Marlins 4, New York Mets 3
Friday, Aug. 7
A 4-run second inning highlighted by Francisco Cevelli’s 3-run home run was all the Miami Marlins needed to win their sixth straight game. The New York Mets scored two runs in the eighth to draw to within a run, but Miami’s Nick Vincent worked out of a bases-loaded, 1-out jam before pitching a perfect ninth to earn the save. Dominic Smith homered for the Mets. Pete Alonso had two hits and an RBI in the loss.
Miami Marlins 4, New York Mets 8
Saturday, Aug. 8
Home runs from Michael Conforto, J.D. Davis and Pete Alonso accounted for seven of the Mets’ eight runs as the Marlins’ 6-game winning streak came to an end. Davis finished with four RBIs for New York. Monte Harrison drove in the first two runs of his career for the Marlins. David Peterson picked up the win by allowing two runs in five innings of work.
Miami Marlins 2, New York Mets 4
Sunday, Aug. 9
Cy Young winner Jacob deGrom didn’t have his best stuff, but was able to work out of jams to earn the win. Miami left 10 men on base in the loss. Andres Gimenez was 3-for-4 for New York with three runs scored. Jeff McNeil had two RBIs in the win. All the Miami offense came on a 2-run home run from Jesus Aguilar.
IN THE STANDINGS
NL East Standings through Aug. 9
Miami Marlins 7-3 (0.5 GB)
Atlanta Braves 11-6
New York Mets 7-9 (3.5 GB)
Philadelphia Phillies 4-6 (3.5 GB)
Washington Nationals 4-7 (4 GB)
WHO’S HOT, WHO’S NOT
Edwin Díaz, P
Edwin Díaz always seems to give Mets’ fans a a scare every time he comes in to pitch. However, Díaz gave up no runs in three appearances this week while also striking out seven of the 11 batters he faced. Look for Díaz to build on this past week’s success.
Michael Conforto, OF
Conforto was on this portion after the first weekend of games and he makes another appearance after a great week at the plate. He went 8-for-23 (.348), including two doubles and two homers. He also drove in five, while scoring four runs this week.
Rick Porcello, P
Porcello had been on the “Who’s Not” portion for the past two weeks. He turned it around this week, pitching seven strong innings of one-run ball against the Nationals on Wednesday. This great performance lowered Porcello’s season ERA from 13.50 to 6.92.
Jeff McNeil, UTL
McNeil went 1-for-10 (.100) in three games this week while striking out four times. McNeil was limited at the end of the week with a low-grade right intercostal strain. Look for McNeil to come back healthy and with a strong week at the plate.
Steven Matz, P
Matz only lasted three innings in his outing against the Nationals on Tuesday. He gave up five earned runs, including two home runs. This disappointing performance raised his season ERA from 3.18 to 5.65.
NEWS, NOTES, AND RECOGNITIONS
The Mets placed Robinson Canó on the 10-day Injured List on Tuesday. Look for him to hopefully return to the team at some point this week. They also sent outfielder Ryan Cordell and left-hand pitcher Daniel Zamora to the spring training site, while activating Robert Gsellman from the IL.
The last big transaction the Mets made this past week was placing pitcher Michael Wacha on the 10-day IL with right shoulder inflammation. In a corresponding move, they recalled catcher Ali Sánchez from the Alternate Site. It will be interesting to see if the Mets look to sign a starter from the free agency pool with now three of their starters currently out in Marcus Stroman, Noah Syndergaard and Wacha.
UPCOMING THIS WEEK
Monday, Aug. 10: vs. Washington Nationals, 7:10 P.M. ET (SNY)
Tuesday, Aug. 11: vs. Washington Nationals, 7:10 P.M. ET (SNY)
Wednesday, Aug. 12: vs. Washington Nationals, 7:10 P.M. ET (SNY)
Thursday, Aug. 13: vs. Washington Nationals, 1:10 P.M. ET (SNY/MLBN)
Friday, Aug. 14: @ Philadelphia Phillies, 7:05 P.M. ET (SNY)
Saturday, Aug. 15: @ Philadelphia Phillies, 6:05 P.M. ET (SNY)
Sunday, Aug. 16: @ Philadelphia Phillies, 1:05 P.M. ET (SNY/MLBN)