For the first time since 2011, the New York Mets were able to string together two consecutive double-digits scoring games. That must come across as laughable to most teams, but it’s certainly a welcome change-of-pace for a club that perpetually struggles to produce runs.
It’s better late than never. With less than 20 games to go before the All-Star break, the Mets might be able to put together a decent run – if they hit consistently.
A newly-confident Travis d’Arnaud could help the lineup quite a bit. D’Arnaud assaulted triple-A Las Vegas after being sent down more than two weeks ago, and the Mets didn’t hesitate to bring him back to the big leagues. Many insiders felt d’Arnaud would stay in Vegas longer, but he surprised everyone by hitting six homers and driving in 16 runs in just 15 games. He batted .436 during his stay in the minors.
There’s no way those numbers will be replicated at the major league level, but if d’Arnaud truly found his confidence (which he claims was 95 percent of his problem), he’s going to improve the team. His catching skills are already excellent for his age, and his bat is a sure-fire improvement over those of Anthony Recker and Taylor Teagarden.
The Mets will also have an upgrade in the outfield when Juan Lagares returns from the DL. Lagares has been out of action with a right intercostal strain since early June. He brings a lot to the table with his defense and his bat, and New York hopes to have him back in the lineup by the end of the month.
Are the last two games an aberration, or have the Mets finally turned a corner offensively? History tells us it’s the former. The Mets will give you good to great starting pitching almost every every night, but their offense is a neverending question mark. It’s going to take more than two games to convince the fans this team has a chance.
That being said, now is a great time to make a push. The NL East has been a disappointing division to say the least, and the Mets, despite lackluster play, aren’t out of the race. Their pitching certainly matches up with the best the league has to offer, but finding consistent offense will be the key to their rejuvenation.