Usually, an off-day gives players a chance to rest and get some of their energy and power back. Where do the Mets fall on the spectrum of productivity after an off-day?
Entering yesterdays’ off-day the New York Mets have played in five games immediately after an off-day. Let’s see how they performed in each game.
The Mets first off-day of the season was March 30th, the day after Opening Day. On March 31st they came back for their second game against the Cardinals and beat them by a score of 6-2.
Their second off-day was a rare Friday off. They came back Saturday to face the Nationals and won again by a score of 3-2. The only real highlight of this day was Steven Matz going five innings without giving up an earned run.
On April 12th, the Mets took their third day off and then began their longest stretch at the time, starting with the Brewers. They won that game 6-5, which also happened to be their 11th win of the season. In his first at-bat as a Met, Jose Lobaton hit a triple and Todd Frazier hit two home runs.
The Mets took two days off thanks to a rain-out and benefited greatly. The rest helped because the game went into extra-innings before Jay Bruce hit a solo home run in the top of the tenth. The Mets went on to win by a score of 6-5 over the Cardinals.
The Mets were off on the last day of April and began May on a really bad stretch. They lost to the Braves out of the gate by a score of 3-2. This was due in part to the stellar debut of Mike Soroka.
This was the first time all season that the Mets lost the game following an off-day, and entering their off-day on May 10th, they are 4-1 in such games.
Throughout these five games, Mets hitters combined to hit .259 with seven home runs. Mets pitchers posted a 3.33 ERA.
This is actually a great improvement over how the team fared last season in such games. In 2017 the Mets had 17 such instances and went 7-10. In 2016 the Mets were unstoppable in such games, going 13-2.
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Is this an indication that the Mets take advantage of their off-days? Let’s see how well these numbers hold the rest of the season.