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The Mets becoming the hottest team in baseball has developed as one of the biggest surprises of the season. At the All-Star break, the Mets found themselves 40-50, the second-worst record in the National League, and 7.5 games back in the Wild Card race. After winning 14 of their last 15 games, the Mets sit at 60-56, just 0.5 games out of the second Wild Card spot. Some might say that the NL is weak this year, as five teams sit within two games of the second Wild Card, but this jump into playoff contention has been remarkable for the Mets.
During their run of 14 wins in 15 games, the Mets traded for Marcus Stroman at the deadline, giving their pitching staff a “big 3” of Noah Syndergaard, Jacob DeGrom, and Stroman. Stroman had a season-high nine strikeouts in yesterday’s win against Washington. The pitching staff has given up four or more runs only six times in the past 15 games, while also recording four shutouts in that stretch. Pete Alonso continues to bolster his rookie-of-the-year status with home runs in four consecutive games. He has 38 homers on the season, 14 shy of Aaron Judge’s rookie record of 52 in 2017. The offense has shown they are never out of the game, scoring four runs in the ninth inning to beat the Nationals. Ultimately, yesterday’s win could very well be a defining moment for the Mets if they make the playoffs.
By no means is this pace of winning sustainable. Many Mets fans and baseball fans could very well be overreacting to this run. However, a team that can flip their season’s script in just a couple weeks could be one of the best baseball stories this year. Personally, I think the Mets have the starting pitching to sneak into the second Wild Card as long the offense maintains a good pace. This stretch of baseball has been fun for Mets fans, and sets up a very entertaining Wild Card race in the weeks to come.