Mets Week Two Recap 4/9-4/15: Streak ends but the good times continue
By Micah Gentin
Despite snapping their nine-game winning streak, the New Mets (12-2) hold the best record in the National League through two weeks.
The New York Mets kept up their excellent play this week, going 5-1 and winning effectively at home and on the road. The week started with an exciting 3 game sweep versus the Miami Marlins, followed by a 2 out of 3 series win against the Milwaukee Brewers at home.
New York came from behind in 3 games this week, as the offense kept putting together good at-bats even late in games when the team was losing. The pitching staff also kept up the heat, resulting in the MLB leading 2.58 ERA thus far.
No position group has been more encouraging than the bullpen thus far, which has an unbelievable 1.62 ERA. The bullpen’s consistency has given the Mets the ability to rally back in games and protect key leads, areas where they struggled mightily in 2017.
New York does have a bit of a catching crisis, losing Travis d’Arnaud for the season and Kevin Plawecki for the time being.
W 4-2 WP: N. Syndergaard
W 8-6 WP: H. Robles
W 4-1 WP: Z. Wheeler
W 6-5 WP: S. Matz
L 5-1 WP: C. Anderson
W 3-2 WP: J. Familia
1. Todd Frazier
The Toddfather was a consistent force in the lineup all week long. Frazier batted .412 this week, with 2 home runs (both on Friday), and an astonishing 7 walks. Normally a free swinger, Frazier exhibited a tremendous sense of the strike zone this week, and his .560 On Base Percentage reflects that.
2. Noah Syndergaard
Thor had a strong week, allowing just 1 earned run in 11.1 innings of work. Noah also struck out 16 this week, while becoming the first Met since Jacob deGrom in 2014 to strike out eight straight batters.
3. Zack Wheeler
The Mets got exactly what they wanted out of Wheelers return, as he pitched 7 strong innings in Miami while giving up just one run on two hits. The real test will come against Washington this week.
4. Jeurys Familia (2nd time in top 5)
Familia had himself another excellent week, throwing four scoreless innings and compiling 3 saves. Jeurys has been amazing to start the season, with an MLB lead 7 saves, and is re-establishing himself as one of the top NL closers.
5. Wilmer Flores
Wilmer earned himself this spot with the Mets first walk-off of the 2018 season, a line drive to left field to beat the Brewers on Sunday. Flores also hit a big HR to start the Mets rally in their 8-6 win against Miami on April 10th.
Top Moment of the Week
Wilmer Flores’ drive to end the game on Sunday, winning the series against the Brewers.
The Mets have an important week ahead; hosting the Nats for 3 games, and then going to Atlanta for 3 against a decent looking Braves club. Although early, the Mets could give themselves a valuable cushion in the division by potentially increasing their lead over Washington to 9 games with a sweep.
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Look out for Paul Sewald, who made an excellent impression this weekend. Yoenis Cespedes, struggling mightily, will look to have more of an impact against the Nationals. The Mets haven’t shown much weakness yet, so they go into week 3 feeling great.