By Steven Inman
The Mets reached the All-Star break at 45-50 in third place in the N.L. East but seven games back of the Nats and Braves. It was an up and down first half to say the least but it looks like this team’s best baseball could be right now. The Amazin’s won eight out of ten on their ten game home stand thanks to a 2.74 ERA over that stretch. That’s not really the surprising part however as the team scored 5.5 runs per game and hit 11 homers over that stretch. It was even at Citi Field!
The offense has been fuled by the consistent Daniel Murphy and the hot streak of the captain, David Wright. Wright is hitting .382 with four homers and 15 RBI over his last 18 games. (NYM:12-6 in that stretch)
The offense has improved thanks to hot streaks by a few Mets that were depended on heavily going into the season. (perhaps relied on too heavily) Lucas Duda is batting .312 with a .396 OBP along with six homers and 18 RBI over his last 27 games. Travis d’Arnaud is batting .295 with three homers and ten RBI in the 16 games since his recall from Triple-A. It was a very wise move to send him down and let him take a breather. Lastly Curtis Granderson has eight homers and 16 RBI over his last 32 games.
If the offense can continue to swing the bat even decently then this team should certainly finish over .500. The Mets run differential is currently +19 and Baseball Reference believes based on that the Mets should be 50-45 not 45-50. If the Mets hadn’t been so bad in one run games to this point this might be a different story but for now just hope they can keep climbing up. The Mets 13-20 record in one run games is the worst record in baseball. This team was 11 games under .500 at one point.
The road trip after the All-Star Break has not been kind to the Mets over the last few years but hopefully a trip to San Diego to face the lowly Padres could get the 2nd half off to the right start.