This Week’s Record: 7-1
Overview: The 2018 season has gotten off to what some would call a surprisingly good start. The offense has done its job thanks to both new and familiar contributors, the bullpen and starting rotation are doing their part and first-year manager Mickey Callaway appears to be steering this ship in the right direction.
After winning their first two games against the St. Louis Cardinals, the red birds took the series finale through an offensive surge that continued to show that Steven Matz isn’t as reliable as he needs to be.
However, the Amazin’s bounced right back sweeping a rain-shortened series against the Phillies thanks to lights out pitching and clutch offense. On Thursday’s finale, the Mets were shown exclusively on MLB Live on Facebook, making it the first MLB game to ever be broadcast on a streaming service rather than a cable TV network.
The Mets then drove down I-95 to take on the Washington Nationals, the favorites to win the NL East. The pitching continued to deliver and the offense even showed some spark hitting three home runs on Thursday, one from Michael Conforto in his first game back from the disabled list.
Sunday’s game was a real nail-biter for the orange and blue, sending them to extra innings. In the 12th inning, Yoenis Cespedes singled in a crucial run and Jacob Rhame left the tying run on second to collect his first career save and getting the Mets their fifth-straight win.
Player of the Week: Jacob deGrom; 2-0, 1.54 ERA, 12 strikeout
Next Up: at Miami, April 9-11; vs. Milwaukee, April 13-15