A feelgood start for both the New York Mets and Minnesota Twins, two teams looking to improve on their lackluster 2018 performances.
This short two-game set marks the first non-inter division series for the Mets after starting the season with nine divisional games including six against the rival Washington Nationals. A dramatic win on Saturday against the Nationals struggling bullpen after blowing an eighth inning lead has the Mets feeling good with the Twins on tap.
After losing their home opener on Thursday with a flat offensive performance partly due to arriving in New York from Miami well after 3am before a day game due to MLB’s ridiculously timed random drug testing, the Mets put on a home run derby of their own. Two home run blasts by J.D. Davis, the first calculated as the hardest hit home run in the majors so far, following it up with the furthest hit by a Mets player this season. Michael Conforto blessed the second deck in right field. Pete Alonso went straightaway into the center field black, thedeepest part of the ballpark. And Robinson Cano capped it off with a monster rocket over the Shea Bridge.
The Twins get no reprieve in this one as the Mets line up their top two starters, skipping Jason Vargas for Cy Young winner Jacob DeGrom to open the series to have him pitch on normal rest. With an opportunity to make MLB history, DeGrom needs one more consecutive quality start to pass Bob Gibson for most in a row. A remarkable feat. He also brings in a career-best 26 inning scoreless string, picking up where he left off last season. After two wins to start the season, DeGrom has dominated to the tune of 24 strikeouts in 13 innings, allowing zero runs and owning a miniscule 0.77 WHIP.
Noah Syndergaard still looks for his first win of the year, albeit pitching well. Shaking off a little rust early on, Syndergaard fought through six solid innings his last time out, allowing two runs on just one hit. This marks the first time he faces the Twins in his career. The twins have not announced their starters for the series as of Sunday.
Showcasing their pitching prowess in this short series, look for the Mets to continue their good start to this season.