NEW YORK — The Mets have already competed one-third of their regular-season schedule.
Entering a series in Philadelphia, New York is 9-11. The club has experienced highs and lows, struggles and positives.
Aug 13, 2020; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) singles against the Washington Nationals during the fifth inning at Citi Field. (Photo: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports)
Where do the Mets go from here?
It’s anyone’s guess, but here are five storylines to follow:
After some first-week struggles, the bullpen has improved. It looks like it could be a strength for this team, especially if the lineup can consistently score runs like it did in the last two games versus Washington.
Edwin Diaz has tossed six consecutive scoreless outings. Dellin Betances on Wednesday tossed his best outing of the season. Jared Hughes is pitching multiple innings and looking good doing it. Brad Brach is now back.
Oh yeah, and there’s still Seth Lugo.
How to measure the improvement: Consistency. The unit has been good in August, but it’s still a relatively small sample — especially with the shortened season.
Let’s see if the bullpen can carry this into Philly and beyond.
In the moment, it seemed bad.
Jeff McNeil on the ground after crashing into the wall. Hardly putting weight on his left leg. Getting onto the cart, which took him away.
Somehow, it’s only a bone contusion in his left knee.
The Mets need him in the lineup. For now, it looks as if he’ll avoid the injured list.
When can he return?
The Mets hope it’s soon.
Nimmo’s on-base streak
Pete Alonso said the Mets have a running joke that Brandon Nimmo puts up a “force field” during his at-bats so the pitcher can’t throw strikes.
Entering Thursday, Nimmo had a .438 on-base percentage despite batting only .250. That’s because he’s drawn walks and been hit by pitches.
He drew two walks in Thursday’s win, increasing his season total to 18. He’s been hit four times.
He’s currently tied for third in franchise history with a 34-game on-base streak. He’ll look to continue it.
Alonso taking off
Alonso compared his last week and a half to an airplane taking off — the part right after takeoff before the plane hits cruising altitude.
Alonso on Thursday went 2-for-5 with an RBI. He’s batting .240, but has 11 hits in his last 10 games.
It appears he’s finding himself at the plate.
Michael Wacha’s inflammation
Michael Wacha is on the injured list with right shoulder inflammation, but he doesn’t believe the injury is serious.
The Mets hope he only misses one start (Wednesday, when Robert Gsellman started) and can get back to help the rotation.
Justin Toscano is the Mets beat writer for NorthJersey.com. For unlimited access to all Mets analysis, news, trades and more, please subscribe today and download our app.
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