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New York Mets: Surviving The Road Trip

by Daniel Marcillo

The New York Mets had their ups and downs throughout their road trip. They managed keep themselves alive in the wild card race with a 3-3 record. They dealt with injuries, horrible managing decisions and their inconsistent offense. The Mets will be either one or two games behind the second wild card spot depending on the outcome of Sunday night’s Cubs/Pirates game.

Tough Series Against the Braves

The Braves flexed their muscles in the first two games of the series. Mickey Callaway foolishly pulled Steven Matz out of the second game with just 79 pitches after retiring 14 straight batters. Seth Lugo replaced Matz and was lit up by the Braves and the Mets comeback was not enough to win.

The Mets made up for two losses in the third game with 23-hits in a 10-8 win.  They had a 10-3 lead after seven innings, but it did not last long. The Braves used a barrage of home runs off Drew Gagnon to get the tying run to the plate against Edwin Diaz. Luckily, Diaz shut the door to get the Mets out of Atlanta with a win.

Royal Treatment in Kansas City

The Mets took two out of three from the Royals, capped off by Pete Alonso breaking the NL Rookie Home Run record with his 40th homer in Sunday’s game. The Mets offense went quiet in game one where they lost 4-1. Noah Syndergarrd cruised through his start but ran into trouble during the fifth and sixth inning and blamed it on the humidity.

The Mets beat up the Royals bullpen during the final two games of the series. They scored three off the bullpen on Saturday and eight on Sunday. Zack Wheeler struggled in his second consecutive start, but Edwin Diaz put together his first 1-2-3 inning since July 21 to close out the victory. Amed Rosario even saw sometime in left field during the 11-5 blowout on Sunday.

What’s Next?

The Mets will have a day off Monday, then take on the Cleveland Indians, Atlanta Braves and Chicago Cubs in a huge 9-game home stand. This will be the Mets biggest test of the season and a make or break part of their season.

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