Yoenis Cespedes single-handedly beat the Padres with a home run, triple, and double, knocking in three of the Mets’ six runs. In typical Mets fashion, Cespedes had to exit the game with “leg fatigue” before he had a chance to complete the cycle.
On a positive note, the Mets continue their trend of winning when Seth Lugo starts. He wasn’t his best, but kept the Mets in it, allowing four runs (three earned) over six innings. Three runs cam courtesy of the long ball as Lugo gave up home runs to slugger Hunter Renfroe and the rookie shortstop Allen Cordoba. The fourth run scored on an error by Asdrubal Cabrera while impersonating a third baseman. Paul Sewald delivered two flawless innings in relief and Addison Reed again made us bite our nails. For the second night in a row, he very nearly coughed up the game, but managed to squirm out of it after allowing a run for his 18th save of the season.
It’s been a wildly inconsistent season for these Mets but one reliable trend has been continually winning the first two games of a series against bad teams, especially if Jacob deGrom and Lugo are pitching. Now the real challenge is going to be the third and fourth games of this series with the struggling Steven Matz and the straight outta double A Chris Flexen taking on Joulys Chacin and Luis Perdomo, respectively.
The Mets now sit four games under .500 with five games to be played before the trade deadline. Are you thinking what I’m thinking?