Character wins helped spur successful Mets road trip
The Mets, winners of seven straight and coming off of an 8-1 road trip, are riding high right now. Their offense is clicking in ways we’ve never seen and they’ve hit for power at record numbers of late.
What’s even more impressive about this hot streak, however, is not just what they’re doing, but how they’re doing it.
I’ll start by looking at last Friday night in Colorado, when Bartolo Colon blew what was once an early seven-run lead at Coors Field. We’ve seen this game before–see: Jenrry Mejia’s final major league start–he Mets get themselves a big lead in the hitting friendly confines of Colorado, the Rockies storm back and they eventually lose the game.
Not this time, though. Not these Mets.
Immediately after giving up the lead, the offense went right back to work as trade deadline acquisition blasted a two-run home run–his second on a night where he’d hit a trio of long balls–and the Mets never looked back, as they won by a score of 14-9 in the first game of their eventual three-game sweep against the Rockies.
After completing their first ever series sweep at Coors Field, the Mets moved on to Philadelphia where Jacob deGrom and company immediately found themselves down by five runs. In year’s past, hell, merely one month ago, this game would have been over. Chalk it up as a loss, right?
The Mets, riding a newfound wave of power and confidence never blinked and never doubted, they just kept on hitting. Everyone chipped in during this game, home runs from David Wright, Wilmer Flores (2x), Travis d’Arnaud, Michael Cuddyer, Daniel Murphy and Yoenis Cespedes propelled the Mets to a victory and yet another record night for this team, as they recorded more extra-base hits and home runs in a single game than any other team before them.
On Thursday night the Mets found themselves in a nearly identical situation, as they trailed the Phillies after Jon Niese allowed a five-spot in the 3rd inning. Five runs, however, is suddenly not as daunting to this club as it once was.
Thanks to homers from Travis d’Arnaud, Yoenis Cespedes and Kelly Johnson, all of whom were on the disabled list or on another team just five weeks ago, the Mets once again stormed their way back to a tie ballgame. While they did struggled with runners in scoring position–at one point the team was 0-for-13 in such situations–Niese and the bullpen combined to shut the Phillies out for the final 10 innings of this game and the offense broke through in the top of the 13th with a two-run double by Daniel Murphy, who later scored on an error, as well as an RBI single from the suddenly flourishing rookie Michael Conforto.
That’s three games on this road trip that the Mets don’t win prior to the acquisitions they made at this year’s trade deadline. In the past, an early 1-0 deficit may have been all she wrote for this team, but those days are in the past.
This team has such a confidence growing within them that blowing large leads or finding themselves in early five-run deficits doesn’t even affect them.
That’s the mark of a true winner, and the Mets are now emerging as a true force among the elite teams in the National League, and maybe the entire league.