The Mets outscored the Diamondbacks 21-5 in the three-game set, and now the Mets sit one game over .500 for the first time all season. Heading into Arizona, the Mets sat in the bottom quarter of the league in every major offensive statistical category, but this series was different. The Mets have had a fair amount of success in Phoenix, but it was the first time that they completed a sweep of the Diamondbacks since 2006.
In each of the three games, they recorded at least 10 hits and had an average of .307. Each game featured a player who propelled the offense. In the first game, it was Lucas Duda. Duda was given the first baseman job only a few games into the season, and up until Monday night, he wasn’t taking full advantage of the opportunity. On Monday, he went 4-for-5 with two RBIs. He raised his average by 80 points, and he now sits at .275 on the year.
In the middle game of the series, it was Kirk Nieuwenhuis who shined. After Curtis Granderson and Juan Lagares were hurt in the first game, Nieuwenhuis was called up to take Lagares’ place. Featuring a new, shortened swing, Nieuwenhuis made an immediate impact. He went 3-for-5 with three RBIs, including a homerun to right center field.
In the finale, it was Anthony Recker. Last season, Recker proved that he was an extremely capable backup who provided power and good defense behind the plate. On Wednesday, he went 2-for-4 with a homerun.
It seemed that the Mets were intent on attacking the Diamondback pitchers often early on. They swung early in the count, and they attacked the fastball. They faced three pitchers who are known to pound the strike zone, and the Mets’ hitters made them pay. When they got on, they weren’t afraid to steal a base to put additional pressure on Arizona.
The fact remains though that the Mets’ big hitters, David Wright and Granderson, have yet to produce. That’s why their offense has struggled mightily early on. In the long run, New York can’t rely on players like Duda, Nieuwenhuis and Recker to drive their offense, because none of them have proven that they can do it for an entire year.
While the starting pitching has been the strength of the Mets this year, it was good to see their offense finally get on track in Arizona.