Even though baseball is 162 games, every game matters even if fans think that isn’t the case. The New York Mets took two-out-of-three against the Washington Nationals on the road this weekend and they could have swept them if it wasn’t for Trea Turner’s two home runs and 4 RBI’s in a 6-5 loss on Sunday afternoon.
New York will have a lot of positive things to look forward to in 2019. Jacob deGrom looked like the Cy Young winner he was last season with 10 strikeouts on Opening Day in six innings. The bullpen pitched three strong innings that day as well.
The offense exploded for 11 runs on Saturday afternoon in an 11-8 win. Rookie Peter Alonso had a .500 batting average with three RBI’s this weekend. New York scored 18 runs this weekend and they only hit one home runs. It was a Robinson Cano home run in the first-inning of Max Scherzer.
The Mets want to see more situational hitting this season instead of trying to destroy the baseball all the time.
Jeff McNeil recorded four hits and two RBI’s on Saturday, but he was benched because of a pitching match up on Sunday afternoon. New York has some decent depth on this team.
Michael Conforto had a .286 batting average over the weekend. Brandon Nimmo is currently batting .091 and he needs to get out of that funk if Nimmo wants to continue being the lead off man.
At some point Amed Rosario needs to become the lead off guy.
Noah Syndergaard and Zack Wheeler were not exactly lights out, but they did just enough to give the Mets a chance to win. Steven Matz and Jason Vargas have yet to pitch this season and they will be the first two starters to go in a three-game set against the Miami Marlins down in Miami starting tomorrow night.
New York didn’t make the playoffs in the last two seasons. They hope this opening weekend series will give this team optimism for the 2019 season.