Connect with us

Major Leagues

‘OMG’, The Mets Are Still Hot

Embed from Getty Images

The New York Mets looked to be dead and out of any talk about winning baseball or a postseason run on June 1st, when they sat 10 games under .500 at 24-34.

Prior to the May 16th game against the Philadelphia Phillies, the Mets held a team meeting after three straight losses to the Phillies and were 4-9 in their first 13 games of the month. After the meeting, the Mets went out and defeated the Phillies 6-5. The results of the team meeting seemed to last just one day, as New York dropped the next two against the Marlins, salvaging the last game of the series with a 7-3 win, then were losers of five straight against the Cleveland Guardians and San Francisco Giants. They finished the last week of May 3-3, ending the month on a two game winning streak.

On June 1st, the Mets honored Darryl Strawberry, by retiring his number 18 and during his speech, he made a mention to the current team about what it will take to get back on track.

You [guys] have the Talent, Believe in each other, Care for each other, Pick each other up.

The Mets did not go out and win that game, as they lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks 10-5, and also the following game 5-4. But their next series, they swept the Washington Nationals in a three game match-up. After a two game split against the Phillies during the London Series, they returned home for June 11th to open up a three game set against the Marlins and lost the opening game 4-2.

On the next night, the Mets hosted Grimace of Sesame Street, and he threw out the first pitch of the game on his birthday. The Mets defeated the Marlins handily 10-4 on that night, which started a winning streak that would last for eight games. In that stretch, New York swept the San Diego Padres for the first time in 18 years, and took two out of three from the reigning World Series Champion Texas Rangers. The Mets then traveled to Chicago and took two out of three from the Cubs.

Winners of 9 of their last 11 games, the Mets then hosted the New York Yankees and their then third best record in baseball (52-28), for a 2-Game Subway Series, and the Mets continued their stretch of winning baseball by sweeping the series and returning back to .500 baseball at 39-39.

The next true test for the Mets came on Friday night at Citi Field, as the Houston Astros, who have also been on an upward climb back to .500 ball, winners of seven games straight, and sitting at 40-40, they arrived looking to extend their own winning streak.

Jose Altuve opened up the scoring with a solo lead off home run on the first pitch thrown by Mets starter Jose Quintana. But the Mets answered right back with a solo run in the bottom of the 1st, on an RBI Sac Fly off the bat of Francisco Alvarez, scoring Francisco Lindor.

After a scoreless second inning, the Astros retook the lead in the top of the third, on Jeremy Pena‘s RBI single. And once again the Mets answered back, this time in the bottom of the 4th, on Tyrone Taylor‘s fourth home run on the season.

In the bottom of the sixth, the Mets blew the game open, first on Pete Alonso‘s 17th home run of the season, and then after an Alvarez double and an error by Alex Bregman allowing Mark Vientos to reach base, Jeff McNeil, who has been mired in a season long slump, hit a line drive that just cleared the right field wall, for a 3-run home run, to put New York up 6-2.

In his four innings of work, Quintana allowed two runs on six hits, while striking out seven and the bullpen combined for five innings of shutout baseball, to derail any sort of comeback by the Astros.

The Mets added a run in the bottom of the eighth on Lindor’s RBI double and then Reed Garrett allowed two singles in the ninth, but struck out Mauricio Dubon to end the game and put the Mets above .500 at 40-39, for the first time since they were 16-15, earlier in the season.

The victory was the Mets 4th straight, pulling them within 12.5 games behind the 1st place Phillies in the NL East, and 4.5 games behind second place Atlanta Braves. The Astros loss dropped them a game under .500 at 40-41, and 5.5 games behind the 1st place Seattle Mariners in the AL West.

To cap off the victory, the Mets threw a post-game concert performed by infielder Jose Iglesias, whose single ‘OMG’ dropped on Friday and has become the Mets 2024 theme song.

Mets Hottest Hitters Since Grimace’s First Pitch on June 12th

Francisco Lindor – 19 for 57 (.333), 15 R, 9 Doubles, 3 HR, 9 RBIs – Currently has a 4-game hitting streak.

Brandon Nimmo – 17 for 49 (.346), 18 R, 2 Doubles, 5 HR, 14 RBIs – Has hit safely in 10 of his last 12 games.

J.D. Martinez – 18 for 53 (.339), 7 R, 5 Doubles, 4 HR, 16 RBIs – Currently has a 6-game hitting streak and has hit safely in 12 of last 14 games.

Francisco Alvarez – 18 for 40 (.450), 7 R, 5 Doubles, 3 HR, 12 RBIs – Currently has a 9-game hitting streak.

 

David is the Co-Founder and Executive Editor of Legends On Deck®, as well as a Co-Host on Legends On Deck Podcast. David was a Senior Editor for MetsMerizedOnline.com, MetsMinors.net and Contributor for Hardballchat.com that spanned from 2010 to 2014. David made his MLB Debut as a writer in June 2014, while covering the NY Mets at Citi Field, for MetsmerizedOnline.com. David also managed his Cape Coral 16U Rec Ball team for the past two seasons and on May 13, 2024 they won their league Championship. On May 15th, David started the first ever Legends on Deck 16U Travel Baseball team in SWFL. David's passion is teaching the game he loves to the future Legends of Tomorrow as well as making available a website that people can have fun sharing and reading. David is also passionate about his career as a Mortgage Loan Officer which allows him to help many families reach their dreams of owning a home. Connect with David via his Social Media pages as he loves to chat all about baseball.

More in Major Leagues