It was fair to lump the New York Mets in with the Miami Marlins as bottom-feeders earlier this month, but after five big wins in a row, the Mets have a chance to climb right back into the Wild Card race this weekend.
After snapping a five-game losing streak by taking the last game of the series against the Atlanta Braves, the Mets went into a four-game Subway Series with the New York Yankees and surprisingly swept them thanks to mostly dominant pitching from their rotation and bullpen, who allowed just seven runs in the series that included a pair of one-run wins and a two-run win.
Their offense is still a concern as they managed to score more than three runs in just one game during the series, but clutch hitting (mostly by stars David Wright and Daniel Murphy) resulted in two comeback wins in the first two games. Nonetheless, the five wins in a row bring their record to 22-29, and three games against the 13-41 Marlins could bring them right back into respectability in the National League.
The Mets will pitch the struggling Shaun Marcum and rookie Collin McHugh in the first two games before ace Matt Harvey takes the hill on Sunday. With Marcum and Hill, they’ll have the back-end of their rotation going, but they should still be able to take down the Marlins as long as they get a little run support.
Focusing on Friday’s matchup, Marcum (0-5) takes on former Detroit Tigers‘ top prospect Jacob Turner, who was just recalled from Triple-A. Wright has four runs, a home run and two RBIs in the last four games, and Murphy is 11 for his last 32 with six runs and five RBIs. As long as a few other Met hitters can contribute, a sweep to extend their winning streak to eight is certainly possible.