Well, it’s certainly been a very strong start to the season for the Mets, who carry a 10-3 record – and an eight-game winning streak – into tonight’s series opener against the Braves at Citi Field.
The Mets opened the season winning two of three at Washington before losing two of three in Atlanta. So far on this homestand, the Mets swept the Phillies in three games and just finished a four-game sweep of the Marlins.
There have been a few bumps and bruises along the way. Third baseman David Wright landed on the disabled list last week with a hamstring injury, but the Mets hope he’ll be able to return when his DL time is up.
Catcher Travis d’Arnaud broke a bone in the pinky finger on his right hand and is also headed to the DL. It looks like he’ll miss three weeks or so. Kevin Plawecki has been called up to take his spot and the indication is that he’ll get most of the time behind the plate with Anthony Recker sticking in a regular backup role. A first round pick in 2012, Plawecki has hit .292 with 26 home runs in four minor league seasons.
Reliever Jerry Blevins suffered a fracture in his throwing arm and could be out for about six weeks.
On a bright note, Lucas Duda and Michael Cuddyer have had strong seasons at the plate so far. Curtis Granderson is hitting .146, but he has drawn 12 walks in 13 games, boosting his on-base percentage to .340.
Pitching-wise, other than Dillon Gee, the Mets’ top four starters have been excellent. The bullpen, in a very small sample size so far, has been fine – and even that is a step up from previous years.
It’ll be interesting to see if the Mets can weather these injuries and stay afloat for the rest of the month, but right now, things are looking pretty good in Queens.
The Yankees, on the other hand, are 6-7 and in third place in the AL East through the early goings. Take out two blowout wins, a 14-4 triumph over the Red Sox and a 9-0 win in Tampa, and the offense has carried over its struggles from last season.
The starting pitching hasn’t been great, although Masahiro Tanaka and Michael Pineda have been more than passable so far. CC Sabathia is 0-3 with a 4.35 ERA in his first three starts, but his peripheral stats (22 hits in 20 2/3 innings, 1 home run allowed, four walks and 20 strikeouts) indicate he still might be OK if he gets a little run support.
Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances have been excellent at the back of the bullpen, as expected, which is a good sign for a team that struggles to score runs. It’s perhaps a little too early to tell with the rest of the bullpen, especially after a 19-inning game against Boston will scramble the relief corps for quite some time.
The Yankees will play at Detroit three more times before they head home to host the Mets for a three-game set beginning on Friday.
It figures to be one of the more compelling Subway Series in recent years, and could be more so if the Mets keep winning the rest of this week.