The New York Mets entered August 5th being one game under .500. They just so happened to have a doubleheader against the lowly Miami Marlins, with an opportunity to reach and eclipse the .500 mark for the first time since May 2nd. As you’d expect, the Mets triumphantly best the Marlins in game one by a score of 6-2. The Mets were led by another brilliant performance by CY Young winner, Jacob deGrom. Although deGrom had a rocky start to the game, he quickly bounced back and led the Mets the rest of the way. He even helped his cause when he knocked in a 2-run single with the bases loaded. The Mets started the game off on the right foot when Jeff McNeil hit a leadoff home run on the first pitch. Pete Alonso is starting to get back on track with an RBI single. This hit seemed to start a hot streak for Alonso, which was shown to continue during the second game of the doubleheader, but we’ll get to that soon. Anyways, the Mets ended up taking the first game by a score of 6-2. It finally brought the Mets to .500 for the first time since May 28th.
Even though game one proved to be great for the Mets, it came at a steep cost. Just as he was getting hot, it was announced that Robinson Canó tore his left hamstring the game prior. With Canó out for most likely the rest of the season, the Mets are presented with a huge hole at second base. This hole is even more significant due to the injuries of Dominic Smith, Brandon Nimmo, and Jed Lowrie. The Mets ended up giving Luis Guillorme a call up from Syracuse to replace Canó for the time being, but he isn’t a long-term answer.
In game two, the Mets were simply electric. A decent start from Walker Lockett gave the Mets the support they needed, and the offense validated Lockett’s efforts. Once being down 4-2, the Mets turned on the home run switch. J.D Davis hit a bomb to make it a one-run game and Michael Conforto hit an absolute missile into the Coca Cola Corner. And finally, as we said earlier, Pete Alonso continued his hot streak today. Pete hit a stadium-rattling go-ahead home run to allow the Mets to go up in the 7th. Seth Lugo gave the Mets a beautiful six-out save, showing us all that he needs to be the teams closer. The Mets are now 57-56 and are only TWO games outside of the second Wild Card spot.
August baseball is fun again for Mets fans. Let’s cherish it for as long as it lasts. It’s very easy to get sucked back into Mets baseball, but we also need to remember that after this series, 24 of the Mets next 27 games are against the Phillies, Braves, Nationals, Indians, and Cubs. These are all contending teams. Whether or not the Mets can continue to win against these teams has yet to be seen. But for now, Mets baseball is must-see TV, and we can all agree that it’s fun to watch.