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Mets Week One Recap 3/29-4/8: The Team to Beat in the NL East

By Micah Gentin
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 05: Michael Conforto
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 05: Michael Conforto /

Eight games into the 2018 MLB season, the New York Mets are clearly the team to beat in the National League East.

What an opening week and a half it’s been for the New York Mets. They come out of their first eight games with a franchise-best 7-1 record.

Winning two out of three from the St. Louis Cardinals, a quick two-game sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies, and a tremendous three-game statement series versus the Washington Nationals resulted in the Mets 7-1 figure.

Clutch hitting, decent starting pitching, and impeccable bullpen play characterized this week. The only real flaw on the field was an inability to throw runners out on the bases, specifically in the series in D.C.

Player rankings:

1. Jeurys Familia

The closer had a nearly perfect start to the season, totaling 6 innings of scoreless ball, and racking up 4 saves. Familia had a huge 5 out save against the Nats on Saturday.

2. Jacob deGrom

The Degrominator had a nice week, starting off his season 2-0, with a 1.54 ERA. Degrom also leads all Mets starters in IP and WHIP.

3. Asdrubal Cabrera

Cabby quietly leads the team in hits and has gotten on base every game this season. Cabrera also hit his first home run of the season off Tanner Roark on Sunday night.

4. Robert Gsellman/ Seth Lugo

Since these guys always seem to be paired together, they’ll occupy this spot as a duo. The starters turned relievers combined to throw 12 tremendous innings, giving up just one run in relief, making Mickey Callaway look like a genius early on in his managerial career.

5. Yoenis Cespedes

Despite Cespy’s low average, he has a team lead 3 Homers and 8 RBI. Yoenis already has some big hits, including a two-run single on opening day, and the go-ahead single on Sunday night.

Top Moment of the Week:

Jay Bruce grand slam vs. the Nats on Thursday, making the game 8-2.

Looking Ahead

The Mets play six games next week, starting with a three-game set in Miami, followed by three against the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field.

Look out for Noah Syndergaard on Monday trying to have his first dominant start of the season. Zack Wheeler will also make his season debut on Wednesday.

Next: Conforto returns at opportune time

It will be interesting to continue to see how Callaway divides playing time among the outfielders on the roster. The Mets look to keep the good times coming while the bats stay hot and the bullpen stays at its best.