Many fans and commentators are lamenting the same old Mets offense. Can’t get any hits. Can’t drive in runners when they do. First, they scored five runs on eight hits in Game 1 of the series, and won on a ninth-inning RBI single by a guy who couldn’t buy a hit six weeks ago, Travis d’Arnaud. Second, the Mets faced two excellent pitchers in this series.
This will be viewed by those who live in the negative world as an excuse, but seriously, Tyson Ross and Odrisamer Despaigne have had great seasons. Ross now has a 2.70 ERA and 127 ERA+ after blanking the Mets in the second game of the series. He had a 3.17 ERA last year and a 110 ERA+. Despaigne almost no-hit the Mets in Game 3. He now has a 1.31 ERA in five starts this year. His mix of sliders, slow, slower and slowest curve balls, and dancing fastballs in the low 90s is reminiscent of Orlando Hernandez, a fellow Cuban. He’s proof (in the age of the radar gun) that you don’t need to throw the ball through a wall to dominate in this league.
Zack Wheeler had his fourth-straight strong start on Sunday. In that span, he’s gone at least six innings, allowing only one run in each start. He’s averaged a little over five strikeouts per start. He’s walked two or fewer in each of his last three starts.
Most of all, the Mets displayed heart. While many of their fans were quitting on them, the Mets scratched out every at-bat while being no-hit by Despaigne. They broke up the no-no and tied the game with two outs in the eighth. While they went on to lose the game, they never quit. That alone makes the New York Mets worth rooting for. And that should give their fans hope that they can continue to win ballgames early in the second half of the season.