Yoenis Cespedes launched a two-run home run in the ninth inning of Thursday's loss to the Padres.
Cespedes was just about the only Met to do much of anything offensively on Thursday. It was his two-out single in the seventh inning that broke up Colin Rea's no-hitter and it was his two-run home run off Brad Hand in the ninth inning that pulled the Mets to within 5-3 and gave them some glimmer of hope. Fernando Rodney drowned out that hope and recorded the final two outs without issue. For the season, Cespedes is hitting a marvelous .299/.358/.678 with nine homers and 27 RBI over 87 at-bats.
Robinson Cano hit a three-run double in the ninth inning to lead the Mariners to a 6-3 win over the Astros on Thursday.
With one out in a tie game, Cano cleared the bases with a two-bagger against Astros closer Luke Gregerson. It was the latest achievement in what has been a fantastic start to the month of May for the 33-year-old. With Thursday's performance, Cano is 12-for-18 (.667) with three doubles, a home run, six RBI and five runs scored in five games this month. Historically his worst month, Cano is working to change that in the span of a few days.
Colin Rea was magnificent in Thursday's 5-3 win over the Mets, surrendering just three hits and one run over eight-plus innings.
Rea struck out five and walked one, but even if he wasn't blowing away batter after batter, he pitched masterfully. The Mets did not pick up their first hit until the seventh inning, when Yoenis Cespedes finally managed a two-out single. They would not score until the ninth, when Curtis Granderson greeted Rea with a solo home run. He was lifted for a reliever at that point. For the season, Rea, 25, holds a 3.82 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 27/14 K/BB ratio across 35 1/3 innings. The Cubs are up next in what should prove an interesting test.
Jacob deGrom tasted defeat for the first time this season as he fell to 3-1, yielding three runs on eight hits over five innings in Thursday's 5-3 loss to the Padres.
Thursday's start was deGrom's shortest of the young season. He had managed to pitch into the sixth inning in his other three outings. The 27-year-old right-hander struck out two and walked one in what was a relatively subdued performance. While deGrom has yet to surpass six strikeouts in any one game this season, his 1.99 ERA shows no outward damage. His 1.24 WHIP looks decent enough as well, though that's a bit off his career mark of 1.04. DeGrom will look to return to his winning ways in a road start against the Dodgers next time he toes the rubber.
Jose Altuve had a huge night Thursday, finishing 4-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored in a loss to the Mariners.
Altuve might miss Friday's game due to a sore back, because he's carrying the Astros' offense these days. The 25-year-old led off the home half of the first inning with his ninth home run of the year and his second in as many days. Through 29 games, Altuve leads the league in homers (9), stolen bases (10), slugging percentage (.687) and OPS (1.104) and is second in runs scored (27). This could be a truly special year for the diminutive second baseman.
Seth Smith went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored in Thursday's win over the Astros.
Smith came up with a big two-run single in the seventh inning to give the Mariners a brief lead. The multi-hit game was his third in the past five games, raising his average to .284 with a .873 OPS in 26 games. His on-base average of .400, buoyed by 14 walks, is fifth-best in the American League.
Steve Cishek worked a scoreless ninth inning Thursday against the Astros to earn his ninth save.
Cishek did allow a relatively harmless double in a three-run game, but he was otherwise spotless. He is now a perfect nine-for-nine in save chances this season. The right-hander is sporting a 0.64 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 14/4 K/BB ratio over 14 innings this year.
Chris Devenski pitched well in his second start Thursday, holding the Mariners to one run over six innings in a no-decision.
Devenski struck out six on the evening and left in line for his first victory, but the bullpen -- in a somewhat ironic twist, given that Devenski was part of that bullpen tasked with holding leads just a few weeks ago -- let him down. Even so, he's now put forth two good starts since moving to the rotation. All he has to show for his performance is an 0-1 record, 1.46 ERA and 1.09 WHIP, but he'll try to change that Tuesday against the Indians.