By: Felix G. Perez

Instant Recap: Bats Stay Hot In Atlanta — Matz Solid


Mets have won five of six against the Phillies and Braves. If the Mets are to be contenders this year, then these are teams that the Mets should be beating.

The Mets added to their home run trend after Neil Walker and Asdrubal Cabrera went back-to-back in the ninth inning — increasing the teams total number to twenty three home runs in the last eight games.

Steven Matz would take the mound for the third time this season for the Mets. Matz would hopefully be able to build off of his last outing after having a rough first start and very good second outing.

Steven Matz would go 6.1 IP, 8 K’s, 9H, and 2 ER. The numbers do not seem very impressive but Matz would worked out of some difficult situations. With less than 15 starts in his young major league career, Matz showed poise and the ability to trust his pitches.

The Mets showed that they were not solely dependent on the home run ball for runs. “From top to bottom we have guys that can not only produce but can put together good at bats,” said David Wright about the teams offense. Lucas Duda would drive in a run with a sacrifice fly ball which would be followed by Michael Conforto scoring a run after Asdrubal Cabrera would reach base on a fielding error to open the game.

David Wright would drive in two more runs with a double to right field scoring Travis d’Arnaud & Curtis Granderson. In the ninth the Mets would add some insurance with back-to-back home runs by Walker & Cabrera. Juan Lagares would then drive in another run with a triple.

“Were working the count very well and forcing teams to go to their pen early,” said Terry Collins of how the offense is playing.

Mets win the first two games of the series and look to complete the sweep of the Braves behind Jacob deGrom. David Wright will have the night off tomorrow and Wilmer Flores will start in his place. The Mets are also expected to be without Yoenis Cespedes for tomorrow’s game as well.

The Mets improve their record to 9-7.

Personal Thoughts

Steven Matz really needed a good start today. Steven Matz got pummeled in his first start and had a good outing in his second start. It was very important that Matz followed his second start with a good one tonight and he did that. Matz probably felt that the Braves made too much contact, giving up nine hits, but Matz had some run support and would get the win.

The bats stay red hot. Personally I never worried about the teams offense possibly taking a nose dive because most of their runs were being scored by the home run ball.

David Wright impressed both at the plate and on the field. Wright had to make a couple of difficult plays at third and it seems that he hasn’t lost most of his range and seems to be doing well at third base.

Neil Walker smashes his seventh home run of the season and continues to impress the fan base. What more is there else to say about the start Neil Walker is having. Let’s hope he can keep it up.

About Felix G. Perez

Felix Perez has been a Mets fan since 1998. His favorite player is Mike Piazza.

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