Can New York Mets Carry Momentum from Subway Series Sweep?

By Tyler Ash
Mets Walk Off
Brad Penner- USA TODAY Sports

The New York Mets appeared destined for failure in 2013 after starting the season 17-29. But five straight wins, including four straight against their crosstown rivals, has given some hope for the “amazins” moving forward for the remainder of the season.

The Mets swept the Subway Series for the first time ever behind outstanding pitching and timely hitting.

The best example of the Mets’ clutch hitting came in Tuesday night’s contest at Citi Field as they plated two runs in the bottom of the ninth off New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera to win 2-1 in walk-off fashion. David Murphy opened up the bottom of the frame with a double before David Wright and Lucas Duda hit RBI singles as Rivera blew a save without recording a single out for the first time in his famed career.

The Mets’ hitters were clutch all series, going 9-for-30 with  runners in scoring position, including Murphy’s game-winning hit on Monday night, and the tying and winning hits against Rivera on Tuesday night.

Matt Harvey was the unsung hero of Tuesday’s contest, pitching eight innings of one run (unearned) six-hit ball as he struck out 10. The Mets got dominant outings from their starters all series, including the series opener on Monday night as Jon Niese pitched seven innings, surrendering just one run on eight hits. The team even won when Jeremy Hefner took the hill for the first time all season.

The best pitching performance may have come from Dillon Gee in the series finale. Gee struck out 12 Yankee hitters in 7.1 innings of work, allowing just one run on four hits and no walks. According to Elias Sports Bureau, it’s just the second time a pitcher had 12 strikeouts, no walks and four or fewer hits allowed against the Yankees since the team moved from Baltimore in 1903.

Can the Mets domination over their crosstown rivals give them some momentum moving forward?

Well, the “amazins” have a great chance to keep the good times rolling as six of their next nine contests come against the woeful Miami Marlins, who currently hold the worst record in MLB at 13-41.

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