2021 New York Mets Week 8 In Review 5/24-5/30
To start the week the 2021 New York Mets started a four-game series against the Colorado Rockies. David Peterson took the mound against Austin Gomber. Ryan McMahon hit a solo home run to put the Rockies on the board first. Elias Diaz also homered in the same inning to put the Rockies up by two. In the top of the fourth, the Mets had another injury. Johneshwy Fargas crashed into the center-field wall after nearly catching a ball hit by Garrett Hampson. A couple of days later he was placed on the 10 day IL with a left AC joint sprain. This injury hurts an already short-staffed outfield.
That triple brought in a run, extending Colorado’s lead to three. After Peterson was taken out, Jacob Barnes and Yennsy Diaz had clean innings of relief. The Mets would almost come back with a pair of home runs hit by James McCann and Brandon Drury, but it wouldn’t be enough as the Rockies won with a 3-2 final score.
Tuesday was a big day for the Mets. Ace Jacob deGrom returned from the IL to take on Kyle Freeland and the Rockies. Jake pitched like he hadn’t missed a start, throwing 100 plus MPH in the first inning and fooling nearly every batter he faced. The Mets surprisingly got on the board early for Jake, with a James McCann groundout bringing Jonathan Villar home. In the top of the second, Ryan McMahon got Colorado’s only run of the night with a solo home run. Jake was taken out after five innings, allowing only three hits and one earned run.
In the bottom of the sixth, Tomas Nido hit a two-run homer which would be the winning runs for New York. Miguel Castro, Trevor May, and Edwin Diaz had four strong innings of relief further showing how important this bullpen has been to the team this year. The final score was 3-1.
Game 1: After a rainout on Wednesday, the Mets played two to finish off the series vs Colorado. Marcus Stroman took on Rockies ace, German Marquez. Stroman pitched great, pitching six innings allowing just three hits and no runs. In the bottom of the third, Jose Peraza hit a solo home run to give the Mets the early lead. It would be the only run scored in the game. Edwin Diaz closed the game out in the seventh for his ninth save of the year. One other thing to note is Billy McKinney, who the Mets had traded for on Wednesday, made his Mets debut in this game going 0-2.
Game 2: Joey Lucchesi took on Antonio Senzatela. In the bottom of the first, the newest Met Billy McKinney brought in the first run of the game. Mckinney grounded into a double play scoring Jonathan Villar. Lucchesi was taken out in the top of the fourth with two men on base, bringing in Drew Smith. Connor Joe brought in one of those runs on a single, tying the game at one. In the bottom half of that inning, the Mets reclaimed the lead on a Jose Peraza single making it a 2-1 game. The Mets would add some insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth when the Rockies walked in two runs. After that, the bullpen closed out the game and the final score was 4-2.
Saturday would be the first and only game of the weekend for the Mets, facing the division rival Atlanta Braves. It was a good day for the Mets with Taijuan Walker returning from the IL and the Mets offense coming through. Walker pitched very well in his five innings of work, allowing just two hits and no runs. James McCann also had his best game as a Met, going four for five with a home run and two RBIs. Nearly everyone contributed, including the struggling star shortstop Francisco Lind0r. The final score was 13-2.
The Mets continue to stay on top despite facing adversity. Not only were they still dealing with injuries this week, but they also had to overcome three rainouts. They got back two very important pieces with Jacob deGrom and Taijuan Walker, while also bringing in help for an outfield that desperately needs it with Billy McKinney. With the most players on the IL in all of baseball, the Mets still hold first place in the NL East with a record above .500. The Mets will start a new series against the struggling Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday, and as always be sure to look out for the next 2021 New York Mets week in review for everything you need to know about the latest Mets news.
Embed from Getty Images
David Peterson, Austin Gomber, Ryan McMahon, Elias Diaz, Johneshwy Fargas, Garrett Hampson, Jacob Barnes, Yennsy Diaz, James McCann, Brandon Drury, Jacob deGrom, Kyle Freeland, Jonathan Villar, Tomas Nido, Miguel Castro, Trevor May, Edwin Diaz, Marcus Stroman, German Marquez. Jose Peraza, Billy McKinney, Joey Lucchesi, Antonio Senzatela, Drew Smith. Jonathan Villar, Connor Joe, and Taijuan Walker.