Sunday, April 19, 2015

Mets Streak Hits 7 Games, Best start since 1985 and 1986

METS 5 - Marlins 4 
W - DeGrom (2-1)
L - Latos (0-3)
S - A. Torres (1)

The New York Mets are making winning a trend. No longer are wins a stunning occurrence at Citi Field, winning is now expected. Granted it's only 12 games and the season is only two weeks old, yet the Mets are quickly becoming an interesting story.

They are 9-3 on the year, the best record in the National League, and second best record in the Majors behind both Detroit and Kansas City. The 9-3 start is the best start to a season by a Mets' team since 1985 and 1986. And the club has now won seven straight games, including their first six games at home this year.

While one should expect the Mets to come back down to earth eventually, this ride is so much fun no one wants to get off.

On Saturday, the star of the show was Jacob deGrom who gave the Mets seven shutout innings, scattering six hits and striking out eight. Last season's Rookie of the Year, was untouchable in the biggest moments of Saturday's game, rearing back to get big strikeouts when he needed it the most. Perhaps his biggest of the night came in the sixth inning with a slim two run lead, when deGrom struck out Giancarlo Stanton with men on base to preserve the lead. Stanton was held hitless on Saturday, after hitting home runs in the first two games of the series.

The Mets backed-up deGrom with some key hits. Travis d'Arnaud lined a solo home run to left in the third inning to push New York up 2-0.  In the sixth inning, with Michael Cuddyer on third, Eric Campbell pushed a base hit over a drawn in infield to make it 3-0. Two batters later, Wilmur Flores launched a 2-run homer to left to make it 5-0.

Still the game was not without drama. Terry Collins wanted to give closer Jeyrus Familia a night off, and it almost blew up in his face. Carlos Torres got the ball in the ninth and struggled to close the door. Between a couple of strikeouts, Torres gave up three runs on four hits in the inning, forcing Collins to go back to the pen. So it was up to Alex Torres and his Mario Brothers sized baseball cap to shut it down, and the lefty did. He struck out Christian Yelich swinging to end it.

New York (9-3) goes for the sweep with Matt Harvey on the mound on Sunday.

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