Mets Monday: Aug. 24, 2020 — Mets Postpone Four Games Due to Positive COVID-19 Tests

by Gregory Harvey

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After starting the week with three straight wins against the Miami Marlins, the New York Mets announced on Thursday that two members of the organization had tested positive for COVID-19.

This resulted in the remaining game in Miami along with the weekend series against the New York Yankees being postponed. The Mets will be forced to play three doubleheaders and nine games in total this week. They are still alive in both the National League East and NL Wild Card race as we reach the halfway point of the season.

WEEK IN REVIEW

New York Mets 11, Miami Marlins 4
Monday, Aug. 17
The Mets’ offense came to life in the first game of the week, as they tied their season-high by scoring 11 runs. Pete Alonso and Robinson Canó hit two homers each to lead the offene for the Mets. The Mets went with a bullpen day as Robert Gsellman started and Franklyn Kilome got his first career save, pitching the last three innings of the game.

New York Mets 8, Miami Marlins 3 
Tuesday, Aug. 4
Corey Oswalt pitched a solid 4.1 innings while giving up just two earned runs in his first start of the season. Ahmed Rosario and Brandon Nimmo combined to go 5-for-10 while driving in five runs. J.D. Davis also contributed offensively with his fourth homer of the season. The Mets’ bullpen only gave up one run in 4.2 innings to finish out the win.

New York Mets 5, Miami Marlins 3
Wednesday, Aug. 19
After the Marlins scored two runs in the eighth off of Dellin Betances and Edwin Díaz to tie the game, Michael Conforto hit a clutch 2-run homer in the top of the ninth. Jacob deGrom pitched six phenomenal innings while striking out seven and giving up just four hits. Dominic Smith and Luis Guillorme combined to go 4-for-8 with two RBIs.


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NL East Standings through Aug. 23
Atlanta Braves 16-12
Miami Marlins 11-11 (2.0 GB)
New York Mets 12-14 (3.0 GB)
Washington Nationals 11-14 (3.5 GB)
Philadelphia Phillies 10-14 (4.0 GB)

WHO’S HOT, WHO’S NOT

WHO’S HOT

Pete Alonso, 1B
Pete Alonso has gotten out of his slow start this week as he went 5-for-9 (.556) with two homers and five walks. Look for Alonso to continue this success into next week’s slate of games.

Dominic Smith, OF
Dominic Smith has been taking advantage of all the playing time he is getting, as he went 5-for-11 (.455) this week while driving in five runs.

Jacob deGrom, P
The 2-time Cy Young winner was once again dominant this week, as he pitched six scoreless innings while striking out seven. Look for deGrom to continue his success this season as he eyes a third consecutive Cy Young Award.

WHO’S NOT

Jeff McNeil, UTL
McNeil went 1-for-8 (.125) in three games this week with two strikeouts. Look for McNeil to find his rhythm at the plate for the upcoming week.

Jeurys Familia, P
Familia had the worst earned run average across the bullpen this week as he gave up two earned runs in just 1.1 innings pitched. He faced seven batters, but only recorded four outs.

NEWS, NOTES, AND RECOGNITIONS

On Tuesday, the Mets placed left-handed pitcher David Peterson on the 10-day injured list retroactive to Aug. 14 with left shoulder fatigue. Corey Oswalt was recalled in his place. The Mets also recalled right-hander Drew Smith from the Alternate Site while optioning pitcher Franklyn Kilome to the Alternate Site. Finally, the Mets released second baseman Brian Dozier on Sunday.

UPCOMING THIS WEEK

Tuesday, Aug. 25 (Doubleheader): vs. Miami Marlins, first game at 5:10 p.m. ET (SNY)
Wednesday, Aug. 26: vs. Miami Marlins, 7:10 p.m. ET (SNY)
Thursday, Aug. 27: vs. Miami Marlins, 7:10 p.m. ET (SNY)
Friday, Aug. 28 (Doubleheader): at New York Yankees, TBD (SNY)
Saturday, Aug. 29: at New York Yankees, 1:05 p.m. ET (SNY)
Sunday, Aug. 30 (Doubleheader): @ New York Yankees, TBD (SNY)

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