New York Mets Week 8 Recap: Free-falling continues at home and on the road
By Micah Gentin
The New York Mets are in a free-fall and their schedule won’t do them any favors.
The New York Mets continued to struggle mightily in week 8, going 2-5 and falling to just one game above .500. All areas of the team struggled at different points in the week.
The Mets started the week off looking good, winning against the Miami Marlins at home. They dropped the next two in terrible fashion to the Marlins, then lost three of four to the Milwaukee Brewers on the road.
In the series against Miami, the offense struggled, scoring a pathetic four runs in three games. Then, when the offense stepped up in Milwaukee, averaging 5.75 runs a game, the pitching imploded, giving up 7.75 runs per game, including a 17 run bashing on Saturday.
The injury bug took Wilmer Flores and AJ Ramos this week, both of whom went back to New York for further examination. The Mets picked up Jose Bautista this week. Welcome to New York, Joey Bats!
- W 2-0
- L 5-1
- L 2-1
- W 5-0
- L 4-3
- L 17-6
- L 8-7
1. Brandon Nimmo (1st time in top 5)
Nimmo had a productive week, finally getting the everyday respect he deserves. Brandon got on base 11 times, hit two home runs, and raised his OBP for the year to an incredible .425.
2. Michael Conforto (2nd time in top 5)
Conforto had an almost identical stat line to Nimmo, compiling seven hits, two home runs, two RBI, and four walks. However, Conforto struck out seven times to Nimmo’s four.
3. Jacob deGrom (3rd time)
The Degrominator kept his historic play up, pitching seven shutout innings with just four hits allowed against the Marlins. Obviously, the bullpen blew it. Still, Jake’s ERA sits at 1.54, lowest in the National League.
4. Steven Matz (2nd time)
Matz bounced back from a bad start by pitching six solid scoreless innings against the Marlins on Monday. Steven got the Win and lowered his season ERA to a respectable 3.80.
5. Jose Bautista (1st time)
Joey Bats brought some excitement in his first week as a Met, reaching base in 6 of 11 tries and coming up with a huge game-tying single on Friday. Hopefully we’ll start seeing some bat-flip worthy Homers sometime soon.
Top Moment of the Week
Jose Bautista singled home the tying run on Friday night, making the game 3-3. The Mets would go on to lose 4-3 in 10 innings.
The Mets go to Atlanta to play four against the Braves including a doubleheader, followed by a four-game series against the Cubs at home. This week has the potential to bring the Mets back into the race, or set them back terribly, as they play two good teams.
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Look for Jose Bautista to come out angry against the Braves, as well as the possible return of Todd Frazier.