New York Mets vs. Miami Marlins
Series Recap, June 19th – June 22nd
Game 1: Mets 1 Marlins 0
Game 2: Mets 2 Marlins 3
Game 3: Mets 4 Marlins 0
Game 4: Mets 11 Marlins 5
The Mets were able to pull off an impressive series victory over the Marlins over the weekend, taking three of the four games. It was the best the Mets have looked in a long time, as their pitching staff and lineup finally clicked at the same time. What makes it more impressive for the Mets is the fact that the Marlins have the best home record in the majors at 25-18 now after losing three to the Mets.
The Mets starting rotation delivered solid performances throughout the series, even in the excruciating loss Friday night. The best performance came in the first game of the series, as Zack Wheeler tossed the best game of his young career.
Wheeler was able to throw his first career complete game, shutting out the Marlins in the process with dominating stuff. He walked only one batter and surrendered only three hits while striking out eight. He mowed through the Marlins, who own a top-10 offense in the majors but you wouldn’t know it with how the Mets pitching staff treated them throughout the weekend.
Even in a loss Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched well, allowing only one run in 5.1 innings, surrendering only six hits, one walk and striking out four.
Another first was accomplished by the starting staff in the series, as Jacob DeGrom got his first MLB win Saturday night. He scattered five hits and three walks over seven shut out innings to go along with seven strikeouts. DeGrom got back on track after allowing three or more earned runs in four consecutive starts, giving the Mets their second shutout of the series against a strong Marlins offense.
Sunday afternoon Jon Niese was able to wiggle out of trouble in the sixth inning to keep the Mets afloat. He still recorded a quality start, surrendering three runs on six hits and two walks to go with four strikeouts over six innings.
The final two games of the series the Mets offense was also able to get rolling a bit, scoring more than three runs for the first time in a week. Coincidentally the Mets offense got on track with manager Terry Collins making a lineup change, as DeGrom and Niese each batted eighth instead of ninth in the order.
Setting their lineup in that sort of way is a smart decision with certain pitchers on the mound. It extends the Mets lineup, essentially giving them another table setter in Eric Young Jr. at the end of the lineup. It also gives David Wright more run producing opportunities with more hitters ahead of him, but being able to stay at third in the order.
This is the kind of momentum the Mets need to continue riding as they are still in the NL Wild Card and East division races. They have a big two-game interleague series with the Oakland Athletics starting Tuesday before a four-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates starting Thursday. This is a big week for the Mets that could make-or-break their season.