The Mets (31-27) powered past the Diamondbacks (27-29) 6-3 on Sunday afternoon to earn a series split and retake first place in the NL East from the Washington Nationals. While the Mets may lead the league in players on the Disabled List, they’re doing one hell of a job of hanging around until some of their big bats get healthy. It would really be amazing to see what this team could do with any resemblance of a consistent major league offense to go along with their lights out starting pitching and lights out closer.
Jacob deGrom (7-4, 2.42) did what deGrom does and that is deGrominate his opponent. While this was his worst start in nearly a month, it was still pretty impressive as he struck out 10 over 7 innings, allowing just 5 hits and 2 earned runs. He did walk 3, which is something he has not been doing at all, but he was able to limit the damage, for the most part, despite his defense behind him. Over his last 7 starts, he is now 5-1 with a 1.86 ERA and 0.81 WHIP. He has thrown 48.1 innings in that span and has 58 while walking just 10.
Curtis Granderson finally showed some explosiveness off his bat as he led off the game against Collmenter with a home run and then followed up with another solo shot in the fifth inning, for his 8 dinger of the season. While Granderson is still only batting .236 on the season, he now has 8 homers, 19 RBI and an impressive .345 OBP. The Mets will need quite a few more games like this from him to really make some noise on offense.
Juan Lagares appears to finally be getting healthy, as he contributed with 3 hits and raised his average to .271. He has been fighting through numerous injuries dating back to last month when he banged himself up diving for a ball at the legs of Michael Cuddyer. It has cost him few games, the ability to drive the ball, as well as the ability to make some strong throws from the outfield. But yesterday, he contributed with 2 doubles, a game after hitting an impressive opposite field home run. Over his last 7 games, Juan is batting .379 with a 1.000 OPS.