Daniel Murphy hit a tying three run home run in the ninth inning of Sunday's game against the Atlanta Braves. The New York Mets would go on to score another three runs in the 10th to complete their four games sweep of the Braves and extend their winning streak to seven games.
"I was very fortunate the team even gave me an opportunity in that last at-bat, because I wasn't playing very well," Murphy said after the game.
Although he wasn't perfect in the field yesterday, Murphy and the Mets found a way to win again. It is the first four game sweep of the Braves since July 23, 1989, at Shea stadium.
The Mets are now 9 ½ games in front of the Nationals in the East. According to BP the odds of the Mets winning the East and making the playoffs are 99.8% and the number of wins to eliminate the Nationals is down to 11.
"It's really hard to imagine that we would be sitting where we are right now," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "Even though we thought we had a good team, this is far above what we expected."
The Mets are proving to be debatably the best second half team in baseball this season. With their current 7 game winning streak they improved their second half record to 35-19 and currently rank fourth in Sports Illustrated power rankings.
A major reason they are rising in the ranks across baseball is their new found ability to win on the road. The first half of the seasonthey struggled terribly outside of the pitcher friendly Citi field. However things have changed and the Mets just finished a 10 game road trip with an 8-2 record.
A large part of their ability to win on the road now can be credited to Cespedes and other hot hitting weapons in their lineup. Cespedes has hit a remarkable .308/.353/.680 in 40 games since joining New York, with 16 homers and 41 RBIs. Travis d'Arnaud coming back from an injury has hit.296/.383/.565 in the second half; his .949 OPS is tops among all regular catchers in baseball in that span. Another great new addition, Michael Conforto, is proving he has what it takes to be a star at the major league level.
The Mets are now firing on all cylinders and are heading into the closing weeks of the season looking like a World Series contender.