This Week’s Record: 5-1
The past week saw the Mets continue to prove themselves as a serious threat in the National League. Their starting pitching was mostly pretty reliable, the hitters often came through and the bullpen displayed more and more great stuff.
The Mets started off with a three-game series in South Florida against the Miami Marlins. The Amazin’s took game one behind another great outing from Noah Syndergaard after allowing just one earned run in five innings. The second game saw the offense show a lot more life in an 8-6 win over the fish.
Things got tough when New York went for the series sweep. In just his third major league start, the Marlins’ Jarlin Garcia allowed no hits while only walking two before being pulled after six innings.
With the Marlins holding a 1-0 lead in the first inning, manager Mickey Callaway sent Adrian Gonzalez to the plate with runners at second and third and one out. He lined one into right center field for a single, putting the Mets up 2-1. Wilmer Flores and Todd Frazier would add on two more in the same inning to complete the series sweep.
The series didn’t come without dome disheartening news, however. The day of the series finale in Miami, catcher Travis d’Arnaud was diagnosed with a tear in his UCL which he opted to have surgery on likely putting an end to his 2018 season. Hours later during the game, Kevin Plawecki was hit in the hand by a pitch and was taken out of the game. Initial x-rays came back negative, but follow up x-rays revealed a hairline fracture that will sideline him for the next 3-4 weeks.
Nonetheless the Mets returned home for what would be a weekend series with the Milwaukee Brewers. The bullpen stifled the brew crew’s comeback hopes in the first game to extend a nine-game winning streak before dropping the next game to set up a rubber game.
In that rubber game. Noah Syndergaard twirled five and a third innings striking out six and allowing just one run. The game remained tied at six from the sixth innings until Wilmer Flores hit a walk-off home run in the ninth inning to seal the win for the orange and blue.
Player of the Week: Noah Syndergaard, 11.1 innings, 16 strikeouts, one earned run
The Week Ahead: vs. Washington, April 16-18, at Atlanta, April 19-22