Robinson Cano turned back the clocks with a hat-trick at the dish with three long balls to lead the Mets to a win over the San Diego Padres. It’s the best we’ve seen out of Cano in a long while, and it had to feel especially good for a guy who has had his fair share of issues with the Mets. Cano hadn’t looked that good in New York since he was a member of the Yankees.
It was a rare night for him to have fun at the plate, but he is still in search of consistently performing at an elite level. It was the first multi-home run game for Cano of the season and first long ball he hit in a game since July 14th. He has reached base safely in 8 of his last 11 appearences, so he has been showing signs of settling in at least.
The Mets absolutely need him to keep it going, but with the season out of reach at this point, they’re going to have to wait. At this moment, the Mariners are clear winners in that trade. Edwin Diaz was moved in the deal as well and he has been performing below expectations as well. The Mariners made off nicely to be better prepared for the future, so they did good there. Moving Cano’s salary for something decent was an accomplishment by itself.
San Diego are on the road for the next two days, as they continue to get through this long nine-game road trip. They’ve gone just 2-5 thus far, with their season hanging in the balance. The Padres welcome the Giants when they go home for the weekend, so it has to be go time for them then. There isn’t much time to fool around now.
With a lengthy road trip behind them, they must catch fire at home. They are 6 games behind the final wildcard in the National League, so this lackluster road trip hasn’t been helpful. Dinelson Lamet will be up against Noah Syndergaard, who continues to generate trade buzz. Head below for our free Padres vs. Mets pick.
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The Padres’ struggles extend back to home in San Diego. They got swept by the Braves before they set out on their road trip, so things were going poorly before they hit the road. San Diego are 2-8 in their previous ten games after falling last night.
Finishing off with a couple of wins in New York might be a nice springboard for them when they head back home. It’s not going to be an easy chore tonight against the Mets. They will be going head-to-head with Syndergaard, who has been the subject of trade rumors all season long. Now, there is speculation that the Mets are not going to move him at all.
I’ve said it for a while, they are only going to deal him if it’s a can’t-miss trade. And why should they give him up for cheap? His numbers might be down this season, but he is still one of the better pitchers in Major League Baseball. He has time to improve in the second-half.
Syndergaard looked more like himself in his most recent starts, allowing 3 runs in his last 14 innings on the bump, with an ERA of 3.32 and 1.16 WHIP in his previous three outings. Note that the Padres have scored just 2 runs on Syndergaard in 42 at-bats.
Lamet will get his fourth start of the season after getting called up to begin the month. He’s been below average with a 5.14 ERA and 1.43 WHIP in three outings. His best performance came against the Miami Marlins on the 18th. That’s the worst offense in baseball, though, so not the best barometer to measure his success. In a larger sample size, Lamet posted an ERA of 6.00 and 1.25 WHIP in six starts of minor league ball before getting called up. The Mets appear to be worth a look here on Wednesday at Citi Field.