After pounding out six home runs in an 11-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday night, the once slumping New York Mets are now the suddenly surging Mets. Oh, the twisted webs we weave over small sample sizes.
It is amazing how rapidly fans can react and overreact to success and failure over the course of a long 162 game season, but, this is New York after all. Yes, there a lot of good things we can pick up from the Mets recent surge the past three games, that include wins of 6-0 over Cleveland Indians and 5-2 over Philadelphia, before last night’s onslaught.
Over the past five games, the Mets offense has caught fire. Not only are they hitting .281 as a team during that stretch with 33 runs scored, but also have blasted 17 home runs in that stretch. In addition, the Mets have had 10 or more hits three times in this five game stretch, and in three of those five games, they have hit four or more homers in a game.
The surge in power truly begins with Neil Walker, who leads the team with six homers. While Daniel Murphy has a better batting average to start the year with his new team in DC, Walker is long overdue for some credit here. The guy has created runs in big spots for the Mets all year thus far, and has set the standard for the rest of the Mets hitters to follow. On Tuesday, he clocked two long balls in the middle innings to help power the Mets attack. He has also homered in four of his last five.
After Walker, Met fans have seen Yoenis Cespedes, David Wright and Michael Conforto all catch fire in recent games. Cespedes is now leading the team in RBI with 12; Wright finally got his groove back with a pair of homers in Monday’s 5-2 win. Even, hAsdrubal Cabrera as been something of a silent assassin. While Cabrera had a six-game hitting streak snapped on Tuesday night, he was hitting an even .400 during the streak, allowing the Mets to turn the lineup over to the top. Lastly, Conforto has really taken nicely to third spot in the batting order.
In fact, it should come as no coincidence that the Mets are 4-1 since Conforto was moved into the three spot in the batting order. He has seen his batting average shoot up 76 points from .250 to .316, and has hit two homers, three doubles and driven in five in this small sample size. While, many expected Conforto would one day be that third place hitter, that day has clearly arrived, as his presence has taken pressure off Wright and Cespedes, and split up the right-handed hitters.
It is very easy to get excited about what the Mets are capable off during this stretch. They have the ability to be truly potent when things are breaking right for them, and with the standout starting pitching that they do have, games could get out of hand real quick. That being said, it is a small sample size that does come at the expense of the Indians and Phillies. Like many have said when New York was struggling out of the gate, patience is important. The Mets will have their highs and lows throughout the year – although it is kinda nice to bask in their mini run at the moment.