This Week’s Record: 3-3
Summary: The Mets spent the week traveling throughout the west. Their first series was a three-game set with the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Cardinals took a 4-1 lead in the first game before Yoenis Cespedes tied it with a three-run homer. After each team scored a run later on, Jay Bruce would hit the decisive home run in the 10th inning giving New York a 6-5 win.
The next game, however, wasn’t nearly as close. Steven Matz gave up seven earned runs (three earned) in a 9-1 loss.
In the rubber game, the Mets held and blew two one-run leads before the Cardinals’ Dexter Fowler doubled in the winning run in the 13th inning giving the red birds the series win.
Having dropped the three-game set, the Mets moved on to San Diego for a weekend series against the Padres. Jacob deGrom twirled 7 2/3 innings of shutout ball striking out eight and allowing just five hits. Asdrubal Cabrera backed him up with a three-run home run and the Mets won 5-1.
The next day, Jason Vargas made his season debut for the Amazins after spending the first part of the season on the disabled list. His first start was a brutal one as he gave up nine runs in just 3 2/3 innings in a 12-2 blowout.
In another rubber game, the Mets returned the favor to the Padres with an offensive onslaught of their own. Adrian Gonzalez, Todd Frazier and Jose Reyes all had home runs in a 14-2 win over San Diego. However, Yoenis Cespedes left the game early with a thumb injury he suffered while sliding into third base. Initial reports state that it’s just sore.
With April over, the calendar now turns to May a month the will continue to test the Mets as the season goes on. They’ve done fairly well so far, but showing consistency and stability will be huge in the coming weeks.
The Week Ahead: vs. Atlanta, May 1-May 3; vs. Colorado, May 4-6