The New York Mets started off their week by welcoming the NL East-leading Washington Nationals to Citi Field.
Noah Syndergaard started the series off on a high note by outdueling Max Scherzer on Tuesday night. Curtis Granderson and Michael Conforto each hit solo home runs and that was all the offense needed in a 2-0 victory.
The good times didn't last for long, though. New York was kicked around the next two nights by Washington. First losing 7-1 and then dropping the series finale, 9-1.
Matt Harvey, who has gotten off to a rocky start in 2016, hit a low point in his start on Thursday. Harvey allowed six earned runs, nine in total, in just 2 2/3 innings pitched.
There were discussions of Harvey's next scheduled start, Tuesday in Washington, being skipped. However, after throwing a simulated game on Saturday manager Terry Collins announced that Harvey will indeed take the mound on Tuesday.
The Milwaukee Brewers came to town on Friday night for the weekend in Flushing. The Mets did not allow the sour taste the Nationals left in their mouths to linger, as they went on to take all three games.
Steven Matz kick started the series on Friday night with a stellar seven inning pitching performance. On Saturday the Mets worked from behind, tying the game late thanks to a Yoenis Cespedes two-run home run and won it in the bottom of the ninth after a David Wright walk-off single with the bases loaded.
For the second time in the week, Syndergaard dominated on Sunday. Syndergaard helped the Mets complete the sweep by allowing one run over seven innings and striking out 11. Conforto hit a solo homer and Asdrubal Cabrera drove in a pair in the 3-1 victory. Jeurys Familia saved all three games over the weekend and recorded four on the week.
Yankees: After dropping the first two games of their West Coast road trip in Arizona, the Yankees went on to win five straight and finish the stretch 5-2.
The Yankees received strong pitching performances and their offense came to life over the last five games. New York's 'Big 3' in the bullpen (Aroldis Chapman, Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances) proved to be as good as advertised throughout the road trip.
Carlos Beltran, who has filled in for the injured Alex Rodriguez at the DH position, hit .385 with two home runs and 11 RBIs over the Yankees seven games in Arizona and Oakland.
Knicks: The Knicks search for a new head coach concluded this week with the hiring of Jeff Hornacek. Hornacek was a surprise hire, but team President Phil Jackson was reportedly "blown away" in their meeting earlier in the week.
In two and a half seasons as coach with the Phoenix Suns, Hornacek compiled a record of 101-112.
Nets: The Nets formally introduced head coach Kenny Atkinson this week. Atkinson has received high praise from former players and coaches alike after serving as an assistant with San Antonio and Atlanta.
MLS: New York City FC hosted the New York Red Bulls on Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium. The crosstown rivalry started outside the stadium, as the opposing fan bases clashed in a near ugly scene.
'The New York Derby' left much to be desired with the Red Bulls routing NYCFC, 7-0.
Islanders: Long time Islanders announcer Howie Rose made headlines by announcing that he will be stepping away from the broadcast booth. Rose has been the voice of the Islanders on TV since the 1995 season.
While he will vacate his duties with the Islanders, Rose intends to continue calling Mets games on the radio for WOR. MSG has not commented on any potential replacements at this time.
Rangers: Rumors swirled this week that Rangers center Rick Nash may be made available on the trade market this offseason. Nash, 31, has been with New York since the 2012 season.
While he has achieved regular season success with the Rangers, Nash has been criticized for his lack of scoring in the postseason throughout his tenure.
Giants: The Giants will begin OTA's (Organized Team Activities) on Monday. Teams are allowed up to 10 meetings before mandatory mini camps begin in June.
Jets: Wide receiver Eric Decker believes that when all is said and done, Ryan Fitzpatrick will be back under center next season for the Jets. The two sides have had discussions throughout the offseason but thus far have been unable to agree on terms of a deal that would see Fitzpatrick return to New York.
Darrelle Revis, who is among the highest paid players in the NFL, fired his longtime agent this week. Revis returned to the Jets last season after signing a five-year, $70 million deal that included $39 million in guarantees.
UConn: Football head coach Bob Diaco agreed to a two-year extension to keep him with the program through the 2020 season.
In his first season at UConn, Diaco led the Huskies to a 2-10 season. Last year the team improved to 6-6 in the regular season before losing to Marshall 16-10 in the St. Petersburg Bowl.
Prior to being named the head coach at UConn, Diaco was the defensive coordinator at Notre Dame from 2010-2013.