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Mets Beat The Cards 4-1 To Complete A Winning Road Trip By Rich Coutinho

When the Mets embarked on this 7 game road trip they know they would be facing 2 formidable opponents in the Phils and Cards with solid lineups coupled with plenty of pitching. They also knew their hitting was continuing to struggle which could make this a challenging week of baseball. So completing the trip with a 4-3 record is more than acceptable considering the drama of changing hitting coaches coupled with injuries to JD Davis and Brandon Nimmo as well as Jacob deGrom missing a start due to a lat issue.

They come home with a 500 record trailing the Phils by one game in the NL East and despite all of the issues they have faced their pitching remains a huge strength. The top three Met starting pitchers –Jacod deGrom, Marcus Stroman and Taijuan Walker have been amazing as deGrom ERA stands at 0.51 while Stroman has a 2.12 ERA and Walker sits at a 2.38 ERA. Add in the fact that Edwin Diaz and Trevor May have been dominant and you can see why the Mets can win with sporadic hitting.

And it is important to note that this team is still missing Seth Lugo, Carlos Carrasco and Noah Syndergaard from the roster which could make this staff even better down the road. And you expect the hitting to get better simply because there are too many good bats on this roster and in this sport the cream usually rises to the top.

In this game today the Mets left 17 men on base so there were blown offensive chances but their patience at the plate plated a few runs as the wildness of Cardinal pitchers gave the Mets a plethora of walks. In fact they drew 3 bases loaded walks that scored runs, And when you get the starting pitching the team got from Taijuan Walker today–retiring the last 18 batters he faced–that will be all you need to win a game.

And this team has given Luis Rojas great starting pitching just about every night as they wait for the offense to reach the level we all expect from them. The constant stops and starts of the season with CoVid cancellations and weather issues can explain a bit why the offense has sputtered but at the same time the pitching staff deserves all the credit in the world for keeping their numbers consistent keeping the Mets in every game.

It is hard to believe this staff could get better but when their injured hurlers come back that could easily be the case. In the meantime, the offense needs to continue working on their game. And the name of Francisco Lindor comes to mind and I honestly believe his swing has looked better in the last 4 or 5 games. I see him being patient taking some walks and he appears to be lunging on outside pitches far less in that time.

Watching him intently I can tell you I sense a Lindor bust out coming real soon. And if the pitchers continue to excel, that could mean a long winning streak once his bat awakens. The team opens a 5 game homestand with 3 versus the Diamondbacks and 2 vs the Orioles which could include a Matt Harvey appearance in an Oriole uniform pitching against his former team. Could be another interesting week in MetNation.

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