The Mets continued their long road trip last week with a two-game split against the White Sox and a victory in a make-up game against the Rockies. They then returned home and lost two of three to the Nationals. Both losses to the Nationals occurred when Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler were on the mound.
Down on the farm, the Mets' top prospects have continued to play well as the season gets closer to its halfway point. Here are this week's evaluations on the Mets' top prospects.
2013 Stats: .250/.429/.472, 5 2B, 1 HR, 8 RBI, 12 R
Young catcher Travis d'Arnaud broke his left foot last month, according to ESPN's Adam Rubin.
D'Arnaud was off to a decent start this season, but the sample size is rather small to judge how well he has been doing. His eventual promotion to the Mets will most likely get delayed until later in the season, but hopefully d'Arnaud will be able to get past this injury and stay healthier in the future.
Earlier this month, d'Arnaud had gotten cleared to do physical activities as he works towards hopefully getting back on the playing field later this season.
Last Week's Stats:
Noah Syndergaard was acquired in the R.A. Dickey trade.
2013 Stats: 14 GS, 4-3, 3.01 ERA, 19 BB, 80 K, 74.2 IP
In his second start at Double-A Binghamton, top pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard allowed one earned run and four hits across five innings, while allowing two walks and striking out nine. Syndergaard, though, unfortunately came out with a no-decision.
Syndergaard's combined totals this year include a 4-3 record, a 3.01 ERA and 80 strikeouts as he continues to progress through the minor leagues.
Syndergaard was also selected recently to participate in the 2013 MLB Futures Game for Team USA.
Last Week's Stats: 1 GS, 0-0, 5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 9 K
2013 Stats: .277/.378/.371, 6 2B, 5 3B, 1 HR, 22 RBI, 35 R, 4 SB
Brandon Nimmo's recent struggles have continued. He is batting .175 with one RBI in his last ten games and has been slumping for weeks now. Hopefully, Nimmo will break out of his slump in the second half of the season.
Last Week's Stats: 5-for-23, 1 RBI, 4 R, 2 SB
2013 Stats: .292/.327/.354, 3 2B, 3 RBI, 4 R, 1 SB
In the second week of his season, Gavin Cecchini has continued to hit well as the Single-A Brooklyn Cyclones' regular shortstop. Cecchini though has not drawn a particularly large amount of walks so far, so it would be nice to see him walk more often as the season progresses.
Cecchini, though, has not had enough at-bats yet to really be judged on how well he is doing. With time, a better judgment could be formed.
Last Week's Stats: 7-for-24, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 1 R, 2 BB
2013 Stats: .308/.345/.508, 25 2B, 4 3B, 10 HR, 63 RBI, 48 R, 1 SB
Wilmer Flores has continued to hit well this past week with a .286 average, three home runs and nine RBI in his last 10 games. Unfortunately, in that stretch, Flores' OBP has only been at .295, which shows that he still has not made more progress on drawing walks.
Flores did not happen to get rewarded with a major league promotion following Ike Davis' demotion. However, this does not mean that a potential September call-up is out of the question. There is a good chance that may happen.
Last Week's Stats: 7-for-25, 1 2B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 3 R, 1 BB, 1 SB
2013 Stats: 13 GS, 7-4, 2.91 ERA, 16 BB, 92 K, 86.2 IP
In his most recent start, Rafael Montero failed to show signs that he had adjusted better to Triple-A baseball. In only three innings, Montero got roughed up and allowed four earned runs and five hits before being removed from the game.
Montero was recently named as one of the participants for the 2013 MLB Futures Game. Montero will be on the World team.
It will be fascinating to see whether Montero can improve his pitching at Triple-A and in the hitter friendly Cashman Field in Las Vegas.
Last Week's Stats: 1 GS, 3 IP, 4 ER, 5 H, 3 BB, 1 K
2103 Stats: 9 GS, 3-3, 3.57 ERA, 15 BB, 37 K, 45.1 IP
In his most recent start, Hansel Robles pitched six innings and gave up two earned runs and eight hits, while walking one and striking out two. Despite taking a no-decision, it was an improvement from his previous start, in which he allowed four runs (three earned) and four hits in 4.2 innings pitched.
Robles is now 3-3 with a 3.57 ERA and 37 strikeouts for the season.
Last Week's Stats: 1 GS, 6 IP, 2 ER, 8 H, 1 BB, 2 K
2013 Stats: .336/.401/.612, 15 2B, 2 3B, 15 HR, 55 RBI, 51 R, 18 SB
Cesar Puello had a remarkable month of June. For the month, Puello batted .441 with eight home runs, 24 RBI, four stolen bases and a 1.362 OPS.
Puello is having quite a career season so far, and his value overall should reach a new high this year. He is certainly due for a promotion to Triple-A Las Vegas in the near future.
Last Week's Stats: 7-for-20, 2 2B, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 4 R, 1 SB
2013 Stats: 10 GS, 4-2, 4.04 ERA,15 BB, 64 K, 55.2 IP
In his last start, Cory Mazzoni got his fourth win by pitching six innings, while giving up three earned runs and five hits. He also had two walks and ten strikeouts in what has been one of Mazzoni's best starts of the season.
With a 4-2 record and a 4.04 ERA, Mazzoni will look to pitch even better in the second half.
Last Week's Stats: 1 GS, 1-0, 6 IP, 3 ER, 5 H, 2 BB, 10 K
Paul DePodesta is the Mets' Vice President of player development and amateur scouting.
2013 Stats: 13 GS, 2-4, 4.19 ERA, 30 BB, 53 K, 58.0 IP
Domingo Tapia's most recent start did not go particularly well. Despite taking a no-decision, Tapia allowed three earned runs and six hits in five innings pitched. He also walked three and struck out six.
Tapia is now 2-4 with a 4.19 ERA for the season. His walks are still concerning, but hopefully, Tapia can put together a better and more consistent second half to his season.
Last Week's Stats: 1 GS, 5 IP, 3 ER, 6 H, 3 BB, 6 K