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New York Mets Reaction: Matz Pitching, Superb Offense Lead Mets To A Third Series Victory

The New York Mets pounded the Braves, Saturday, behind superb pitching from Rookie Steven Matz, and a little offense to go with it.

    • New York Mets 8 (9-7)
    • Atlanta Braves 2 (4-13)
    • MLB, Final, Box Score
    • Turner Field, Atlanta, GA

By Jeremy Fialkow

After starting the season with a 2-5 record, the New York Mets have won seven out of their last nine games, pounding the teams they should defeat, such as the Atlanta Braves.

Sunday’s victory marks the third consecutive series victory for New York. The Mets moves to a season high two games over the .500 mark (9-7).

They, also, now hold a six game win streak at Turner Field. Once a house of horrors for the Mets seems like an automatic win.

Steven Matz continues to put his disappointing debut against the Marlins behind him, finishing with 6.1 IP, 9 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 K. Overall, his game looked clean. Yes, he made some mistake, but there’s nothing to worry about, unlike their supposed ‘ace’ Matt Harvey.

On the other hand, the slugging Mets continued their…well, slugging. Without Yoenis Cespedes, who was ailing a bruised thigh, the offense kept on keeping on, doing their part in securing another victory at Turner Field

Michael Conforto kept doing his thing, adding two hits. The guy is an on base machine.

Walker Stays Hot

Who would have thought Neil Walker could provide this much offense when the Mets swapped him in a deal for LHP Jon Niese straight up? I’d say, New York has clearly won this trade.

Walker hit his seventh homer of the young season last most. His seven bombs matches his most hit in a calendar month in his career.

In fact, the Mets’ 23 home runs in this recent 8-game stretch is the most in franchise history.

By the way, Walker’s home run happened to be the 100th dinger of his career. I’d say that’s something for Neil to celebrate. Have a beer, my friend.

Cabrera Impresses

What doesn’t this guy Asdrubal Cabrera do?

On his way to a 2-for-5 night, Cabrera mashed his first home run in a Mets uniform, leaving Travis d’Arnaud as the only Mets regular yet to go yard this season.

He and Walker went back-to-back, giving the Mets their fourth B2B homers in five games, a truly astonishing feat.

Cabrera is, simply put, the unsung hero of the young season. His batting average is now up to .322, and there are no signs of he, or the Mets slowing down.

Juanderful Lagares

In a short sample size, Juan Lagares is beginning show signs of the 2014 Gold Glove Lagares that Mets’ fans knew and loved. Not the overweight, lazy 2015 Juan.

Replacing a bruised up Cespedes, Juanny also went 2-for-5 at the plate, even hitting righties, which is certainly not his forte. He added an RBI triple late in already decided game.

He’s now batting .350 on the year.

What’s Next

The DeGrominator returns!

That’s right, after a baby scare, and the nursing of a tight lat muscle, Jacob deGrom makes his Mets return and second start of the season, Sunday, in the final matchup of this initial series between the Braves and Mets.

Catch deGrom and the Metropolitans look for their first series sweep at 1:35 p.m. ET on WPIX or FSSO.

Jeremy Fialkow was born and raised in Miami, FLA, but currently studies at the University of Maryland. When he's not studying hard, he can be found supporting his sometimes hopeless NY teams: Knicks, Mets, Jets, and Isles. Your sympathy is appreciated.