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The New York Mets had quite a week, winning their first two games at Fenway Park and then proceeding to lose five straight to close out the week.
Left-handed pitcher David Peterson made his first MLB appearance and start on Tuesday, while right-hander Franklyn Kilome made his big-league debut in Saturday’s game.
The week ended with Yoenis Céspedes opting out for the rest of the season, which the Mets apparently did not find out about until the middle of the game. The Mets also completed numerous transactions this week, which will be discussed below.
There are now only 50 games left in the season, which means the Mets need a much better record this week in order to stay competitive this season. Look to see the Mets turn it around this week, when they finish their series in Atlanta, go to D.C. to play two against the Washington Nationals, and then head home for three games against the Miami Marlins. The Mets will have their first off day of the season on Thursday.
WEEK IN REVIEW
New York Mets 7, Boston Red Sox 4
Monday, July 27
The Mets started the week of with a bang in this one. Michael Wacha pitched five innings of one-run ball, while striking out four in his Mets debut. Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, and Dominic Smith each had a home run and combined to drive in all seven Mets’ runs. Seth Lugo came in relief to close the door with a perfect 4-out save, his first of the season.
New York Mets 8, Boston Red Sox 3
Tuesday, July 28
Lefty David Peterson did not disappoint in his highly-anticipated debut. He went 5.2 innings, giving up just two runs and striking out three. Peterson’s postgame comment was: “This is one of the greatest days of my life”. J.D. Davis went 2-for-3 with a homer and two RBIs. Jeff McNeil and Robinson Canó went a combined 4-for-8 with two doubles, and three RBIs. The Mets’ bullpen pitched well in this one, going 3.1 innings, while giving up just a run to close out the Mets’ win.
Boston Red Sox 6, New York Mets 5
Wednesday, July 29
The Mets lost another game where Jacob deGrom pitched very well — an unfortunate common occurrence for the Mets the past few years. deGrom went six innings, while giving up two runs and striking out four. Seth Lugo took the blown save by giving up the lead in the seventh and Justin Wilson took the loss while giving up three runs in the eighth. The Mets had a good chance to comeback with the bases loaded in the ninth, but couldn’t pull through. Pete Alonso went 4-for-4, but the Mets as a whole, went 3-for-14 with runners in scoring position.
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Boston Red Sox 4, New York Mets 2
Thursday, July 30
Steven Matz went 5.1 innings, while giving up three runs and striking out three. Boston’s Christian Vázquez hit two homers off of Steven Matz which accounted for all the runs off of Matz. The Mets’ clutch hitting was absent in this game as they went 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position and only managed five hits. Jeff McNeil went 2-for-4 while driving in the Mets’ only two runs of the game. Brandon Workman got the save for the Red Sox.
New York Mets 10, Atlanta Braves 11
Friday, July 31
The Mets had an 10-6 lead going into the eighth inning, but New York’s bullpen collapsed. Dellin Betances gave up four runs in the eighth and Seth Lugo picked up the loss by giving up a bases-clearing double to put the Braves ahead. Amed Rosario, J.D. Davis, and Robinson Canó all hit homers for New York. Every Met in the starting lineup got on base, but it wasn’t enough to withstand the bullpen collapse.
New York Mets 1, Atlanta Braves 7
Saturday, Aug. 1
Michael Wacha did not look as impressive in his second start in a Mets uniform as he only went four innings while giving up five runs. Right-hander Franklyn Kilome made his MLB debut in relief, going four innings while giving up two runs and striking out five. The Mets’ bats went quiet with Canó driving in the lone run of the game. The Braves had homers from both Marcell Ozuna and Ronald Acuña Jr. Those two combined to drive in four runs.
New York Mets 0, Atlanta Braves 4
Sunday, Aug. 2
The Mets had 10 hits and drew five walks, but couldn’t get any runs across. They left 13 men on base. Jeff McNeil went 3-for-5 with a double. David Peterson made another decent start, going six innings while giving up three runs and striking out eight. The Atlanta bullpen pitched 5.2 scoreless innings to get the Braves the win.
IN THE STANDINGS
NL East Standings through Aug. 3
Atlanta Braves 7-3
Miami Marlins 2-1 (1.5 GB)
Washington Nationals 3-4 (2.5 GB)
Philadelphia Phillies 1-2 (2.5 GB)
New York Mets 3-7 (4 GB)
WHO’S HOT, WHO’S NOT
Robinson Canó, 2B
The 37-year-old veteran was the Mets’ best hitter this past week, going 11-for-23 (.478) with four runs scored and four runs batted in. He also hit his first home run of the season on Friday against the Braves. Mets fans should be excited that Canó is producing like this offensively.
J.D. Davis, LF/DH
Davis was on the “Who’s Not” portion of this section last week. However, this week was the complete opposite as he went 8-for-19 (.421) with two home runs, four runs scored, and six runs batted in. Look for Davis to continue his offensive success through next week.
David Peterson, P
Peterson looked very impressive in his first two Major League starts. In his two outings, he went 11.2 innings while giving up five earned runs (3.86 ERA). He also struck out 11 and walked three.
Wilson Ramos, C
In his second season with the Mets, Ramos has struggled offensively this week as he went 4-for-21 (.190) with eight strikeouts. Look for Ramos to find his swing in this crucial upcoming week.
Rick Porcello, P
Porcello was on this list last week and he ends up here again with another disappointing outing against the Braves where he went just four innings, while giving up four runs (three earned). He also walked three, and has a season earned run average of 13.50. Look for Porcello to put up a quality start in next week’s crucial stretch of games.
The Mets’ bullpen allowed 19 earned runs over 24 innings pitched which results in a 7.13 bullpen ERA over the past week. Every single member of the bullpen gave up an earned run this week, which can explain how the Mets blew leads in multiple games this past week. The bullpen was supposed to the Mets’ biggest strength coming into the season, but it does not look like that at all. Look for the Mets’ bullpen to improve greatly for next week’s games.
NEWS, NOTES, AND RECOGNITIONS
Within the past week, the Mets have had numerous transactions that has changed the shape of the current roster. They placed outfielder Jake Marisnick, infielder Eduardo Núñez, and catcher René Rivera all on the 10-day Injured List. They also moved infielder Jed Lowrie to the 45-day IL which will likely mean the end of Lowrie’s time in a Mets uniform.
The Mets also added pitcher David Peterson, outfielder Ryan Cordell, infielder Brian Dozier, right-handed pitcher Franklyn Kilome, and left-handed Daniel Zamora to the roster this week from the Alternate Training Site.
Pitcher Jared Hughes was activated off the IL this week while right-hander Hunter Strickland was sent to the Alternate Training Site. The Mets also traded for speedy outfielder Billy Hamilton from the San Francisco Giants on Sunday while giving up right-handed pitcher Jordan Humphreys.
The biggest news came on Sunday when Yoenis Céspedes announced he was opting out for the rest of the 2020 season. According to General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen, when Cespedes didn’t show up Sunday, the Mets sent security to his room. They found it empty. He had taken his belongings, just up and left, and through his agent informed the team mid-game that he was opting out. It will be interesting to see if anything arises from this situation in the coming weeks.
UPCOMING THIS WEEK
Monday, Aug. 3: at Atlanta Braves, 7:10 P.M. ET (SNY/FS1)
Tuesday, Aug. 4: at Washington Nationals, 7:05 P.M. ET (SNY/ESPN)
Wednesday, Aug. 5: at Washington Nationals, 6:05 P.M. ET (SNY/MLBN)
Friday, Aug. 7: vs. Miami Marlins, 7:10 P.M. ET (SNY)
Saturday, Aug. 8: vs. Miami Marlins, 7:10 P.M. ET (SNY)
Sunday, Aug. 9: vs. Miami Marlins, 1:10 P.M. ET (SNY/TBS)