In a stunning development, the New York Mets started to turn things around during their recent 11-game road trip, winning seven games and looking like a competitive team, even in their losses. The road trip came on the heels of a 2-6 home stand, where the Mets looked as pathetic as can be, which made their quick turnaround all the more surprising. So how did the Mets manage to get things going on what looked like a difficult road trip?
First, the Mets ended the previous home stand on a positive note. Bob Costas may have berated the Mets for celebrating a walk-off home run by Kirk Nieuwenhuis too much, but that win by the Mets over the Chicago Cubs allowed them to breathe easy for a second and gave them some momentum heading into their road trip.
The Mets then got a boost, both physical and emotional, when top prospect Zack Wheeler made his MLB debut during a double header against the Atlanta Braves. With Wheeler and Matt Harvey leading the way, the Mets swept that double header from the Braves, which helped them win three of the five games in that series.
Most importantly, the Mets got quality starts from its starting pitchers throughout the road trip. Even with Jon Niese heading to the disabled list, the Mets got great pitching performances from Harvey, Jeremy Hefner and even Shaun Marcum, who finally won his first game of the season. That pitching was supported by stellar defense, which was prevalent throughout the road trip, and was a key contributor to the Mets winning games.
The road trip ended for the Mets with a makeup game against the Colorado Rockies, a game the Mets won without David Wright in the lineup because of another strong outing from Hefner and a clutch home run from Marlon Byrd.
After completing this successful road trip and looking like a competitive team, the Mets return home to Citi Field Friday night where they hope to continue to play well against the Washington Nationals. During the rare times that the Mets have played well this season, they’ve had trouble keeping their momentum going, and that will be the challenge they face as they start another home stand. But if it helps, they’ll have Harvey on the mound Friday night, as the Mets look to continue their winning ways.