Things are starting to get into a little bit more of a groove for the New York Mets (3-5) who just split a four game home -and-home series with the Boston Red Sox, prior to renewing their National League rivalry against the Atlanta Braves (5-3) on Friday night.
For the Mets one of the trends they hope will change in the 2020 season is the fact that they just cannot hold on to a lead. The franchise as a whole was able to bolster their pen with the addition of Dellin Betances, in addition to a rotation that included proven relievers in Edwin Díaz, Seth Lugo, Jeurys Familia and Justin Wilson.
So far though the results have not shown, which has lead to once again a ton of nail biting and grey hairs for the Mets fanbase. The bullpen isn’t the sole reason for the team’s headaches this season, so far one of the trends in the games seen this season is that it feels as if most of the players are trying to go for the longball instead of getting great quality at-bats.
In some of the early Mets games thus far that also seems to be the case, and while in the game on Friday night the team did get the home run ball from Amed Rosario and Robinson Canó, it’ll be interesting to see if New York and the rest of Major League Baseball will settle in and start to get those good quality at-bats now that everyone has a few games under their belts.
For fans of the Mets Minor League system there is plenty to be proud of as former Brooklyn Cyclones player David Peterson got the call to the team on July 29. Peterson became the 82nd former Cyclone to make it to Citi Field. Continuing to grow and gain confidence on the field for the Mets has been infielder Andres Gimenez, who went 2-for-4 with a triple in the third game played against the Red Sox in that four game series.
On the hill for New York in Game 2 will be righty Michael Wacha (1-0, 1.80 ERA) who will take on Atlanta righty Touki Toussaint (0-0, 20.25 ERA). The Mets offense has seen some success against Toussaint including outfielder Michael Conforto who has four hits. The Game between the Mets and the Braves is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. and anyone watching the game can do so on the SNY Network.
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