Mets, Nationals Prove You Can’t Predict Baseball
They say you can't predict baseball, and this weekend's New York Mets - Washington Nationals series seems to serve as more good evidence.
The Mets rode in to Washington D.C. on Friday having lost six-straight and 10 of 11. Their superstar slugger Yoenis Cespedes had been hobbled with calf problems, and that came to a head last week with a hamstring injury that will leave the team without Cespedes for several weeks. Not to mention other injuries that have lead to missed games from players like Lucas Duda, Travis d'Arnaud and Wilmer Flores. Terry Collins' club is reeling - not the best time for a road trip to face the red-hot, division leading Nationals.
Go figure. The Mets held on for a 7-5 win Friday night, then used a pair of homers from Michael Conforto to win 5-3 on Saturday. Power pitching ace Noah Syndergaard is on the mound Sunday facing the Nats' Joe Ross (who?). I gotta be honest, this Mets fan was thinking SWEEP!
Go figure. The Nationals hammered out a 23-hit, 23-5 rout of the Mets on Sunday, a game in which Syndergaard looked awful - allowing five runs in the first inning - only made worse by the fact that he left the game in the second with what appeared to be a strained muscle near his armpit. One can only hope this isn't serious.
And the star of Washington's hit and power parade?
Third baseman Anthony Rendon - who entered the game with no home runs this year and just 5 RBIs - went 6-for-6, with 3 HRs and 10 runs-batted-in on Sunday. Go figure.
According to ESPN he's on the second player in baseball history to have 6 hits, 3 HRs and 10 RBIs in a game.
It is worth noting that one of Rendon's long balls came off Mets' backup catcher Kevin Plawecki, who Collins had called on to mop up, rather than taxing his bullpen. Plawecki threw two-innings, allowing 4 runs on 4 hits. Amazingly, that's a better stat line for the day than Syndergaard's, or relievers Josh Smoker and Kevin Gilmartin. Go figure.