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Dominic Smith breaks out, bats pick up Max Scherzer in Sunday's rubber game
The Mets have won all seven of their regular season series so far in 2022
What’s Up with the Mets? ⚾️
Max Scherzer was not at his best and gave up two blasts to Kyle Schwarber, but both Scherzer and the Mets emerged victorious, defeating the Phillies 10-6 on Sunday night (box)
Scherzer has not suffered a loss in his last 24 starts dating back to May 30, 2021
The Mets have now won seven straight series to start the year
Ahead of roster cuts today at noon, Dominic Smith went 4-for-4 with 3 RBI at the plate
Starling Marte also drove in three runs to raise his season total to 18
Jeff McNeil singled twice and doubled twice - he now has five multi-hit games in his last six starts
Every Mets starter recorded at least one hit on Sunday
Roster Moves 📰
The Mets placed RHP Sean Reid-Foley on the injured list with a partial tear of the UCL in his right elbow. They recalled RHP Yoan López from Triple-A Syracuse to take Reid-Foley’s place on the roster.
LF Jeff McNeil went 4-for-5 with two runs scored. He is now batting .361/.418/.528 for the year
RHP Max Scherzer has won the first four starts of his Mets career
With his 4-for-4 at the plate on Sunday, Dominic Smith raised his batting average from .167 to .250
Pete Alonso and Starling Marte are now tied for fifth in the league with 18 RBI
Today’s Game 🗓
Match-up: Mets (16-7) vs. Braves (10-13)
Where: Citi Field — Flushing, NY
Starters: RHP Chris Bassitt (3-1, 2.25 ERA) vs. LHP Max Fried (2-2, 3.00 ERA)
When: 7:10 PM EDT
Where to Watch: SNY
The Mets have gotten little production from their DHs 📝
When the new collective bargain agreement was finally agreed upon between the two sides, one of the changes that fans thought would be beneficial to the Mets was the implementation of the universal designated hitter. The Mets had quite a few bat-first players on the roster that were without a position when spring training got underway.
Despite a hot spring, Robinson Canó has done very little at the plate since the start of the season. He is currently batting .195/.233/.268 with just one home run and three RBI while serving as the Mets’ primary designated hitter.
Overall, the Mets haven’t gotten much production out of the position. As of this writing, they are hitting a woeful .194/.294/.272 which is good for -0.2 fWAR and puts them 20th in the league for that position.
Before his breakout game against the Phillies, Dominic Smith was struggling just as badly. He was hitting a paltry .167/.295/.195 with zero home runs and just four RBI.
The Mets other option is J.D. Davis who hasn’t gotten much playing time so far this season. He has been a little better than the others and is hitting .231/.375/.385 with one home run and two RBI this year. He recently suffered a contusion on his foot after being hit by a pitch in the final game of their series in St. Louis.
Bottom line is that the Mets aren’t getting production from their designated hitters yet except for when they put Pete Alonso or Francisco Lindor in the role.
Either way, the organization has some decisions to make as the roster size is due to get cut down to twenty-six players on Monday at noon. Would the Mets make the bold move to demote Smith? Do they cut ties with the fading Canó? Perhaps they send Luis Guillorme - a left-handed hitter with quality bat-to-ball skills and is a whiz in the field - to Triple-A? Or, maybe it will be the speedy Travis Jankowski? After that hopefully the designated hitter sorts itself out when the remaining options get more consistent at-bats.
Down on the Farm 🌾
Ronny Mauricio (SS, No. 4 prospect): 2-for-3, double, home run, and two RBIs
Nick Plummer: (OF, No. 8 prospect): 3-for-5, double, two runs scored
Jake Mangum (CF, No. 22 prospect): 2-for-3, RBI, and two runs scored
Around the League 🚩
Angels DH Shohei Ohtani exited the Angels’ game against the White Sox early with groin tightness
The Yankees stretched their win streak to nine with a victory over the Royals
Rays SS Wander Franco was scratched from the lineup on Sunday with right hamstring tightness
Nationals RHP Stephen Strasburg is scheduled to throw live batting practice on Wednesday as he works his way back from thoracic outlet syndrome surgery
The Reds placed 2B Jonathan India on the 10-day injured list