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New York Mets Series Wrap-Up: deGrominator, Conforto Will Club To Series Sweep

Behind Jacob deGrom‘s solid return, New York Mets win seventh straight at Turner Field, sweep the Atlanta Braves in the process.

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By Jeremy Fialkow

The New York Mets finished their truly Amazin’ road trip right, Sunday, bringing out their brooms and sweeping the Atlanta Braves away with a 3-2 victory.

Thus ends a nine game road trip, where the Mets finished with seven wins to just two losses. After starting the season 2-5, New York has reeled off eight wins in their last ten contests.

Coming in, the Mets were batting .195 with runners in scoring position, last in the National League. In fact, 54.9% of their runs came via the home run.

Finally, a game which lacked a home run from a Met bat. That streak ended at eight games, and 23 homers, a franchise record. In fact, 54.9% of their runs came via the home run.

Though, who need the long ball when you have Michael Conforto?

Coming in, the Mets were batting .195 with runners in scoring position, last in the National League. Conforto did everything in his power to raise that average.

The prodigious 23-year-old right fielder finished with 1-for-3 with a sacrifice fly and a tie-breaking double, his 9th and 10th RBI of the year. He’s now hitting .296 on the year with a .919 OPS.

Since the Mets embarked on the road trip, and Mikey C was moved up to their No. 3 hitter, he’s batting .324 (11-for-34) with four doubles, two homers and seven RBI.

Middle Infield Impresses

I sound like a broken record, but Neil Walker and Asdrubal Cabrera, the new Mets middle infield, continues to impress not just with the bat (Drubal is batting .333), but with the glove too

Their defense is incredibly stout, and they make double plays look easy.

Their solid “D” was perfectly exemplified in the 4th inning.

After deGrom allowed a leadoff single, Cabrera made a very nifty, heads-up 5-3 double play. The very next play, Walker scoops up a ball lined toward the middle and fires a spinning throw to Lucas Duda at first for the final punch-out of the inning.


The DeGrominator Returns

Overall, Sunday’s game was certainly a job well done by 2015 All-Star Jacob deGrom.

Prior to the game, Manager Terry Collins said he’d like to cap deGrom at 85 pitches, which explain his seemingly early exit.

82 would be enough today. Sure, he was a bit rusty, but the start was encouraging nonetheless. He breezed through four innings, needing only 45 pitches, 34 of which were thrown for strikes. After laboring through the fifth inning, which included his long earned run, deGrom finished his start with a win.

So, after 16 days between his last start, while nursing his baby boy and a lat injury, and a deGrom went 5.2 innings pitched, allowing 8 hits and just 1 earned run on 82 pitches.

Jacob is now 2-0 through his first two starts of the season, with a low 1.54 ERA.

Quote of the Series

Mets legend and SNY broadcaster Keith “Mex” Hernandez on Conforto:

“Man, I love this kid….MUCHO”

What’s Next

The possible true ace of the Mets, Noah Syndergaard – and his 0.90 ERA – kicks off a three-game set with the Cincinnati Reds, as New York returns to Citi Field for a home-stretch.

Following Thor in starting the final two games of the series will be Bartolo Colon and Matt Harvey.

The Reds pitching staff boasts an MLB-worst 6.72 ERA. Look for the Mets to jump all over the opposing pitchers, early and often.

First pitch, Monday, is at 7:10 PM ET. You can catch the game on SNY or FSOH.

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.