The New York Mets have been on a hot streak of late, but why? Resilience, that’s why.
On Saturday against the Miami Marlins, the Mets fell behind 2-0 in the fifth inning following a Christian Yelich solo home run and a David Wright error earlier in the game. In the bottom half of the inning, the Mets scored two runs to tie the game. In the next half inning, the Marlins scored two runs after a failed Juan Lagares diving catch attempt and a Curtis Granderson misjudgment in the outfield. An inning later, the previously struggling Chris Young hit a two-run homer to tie the game again. The next inning, Eric Campbell drove in Travis d’Arnaud to put the Mets on top. Notice a pattern?
The key to the Mets’ recent success has been their resilience. Obviously, with their ace Matt Harvey out for the season and a less than stellar offense out of the gate, this team has been written off as a win-padding pushover. However, the Mets seem to have ripped up that memo. Will the Mets make the playoffs? Absolutely not. Will they be a contender? It’s possible. Will they they put up a fight? You bet!
The Mets had a terrible road trip against the Pittsburgh Pirates and Atlanta Braves. They then came home to Citi Field where they haven’t played well and have won seven out of nine games so far on this homestand. Not only have they won seven out of nine, but they’ve managed to actually score runs, despite not exactly having an All-Star lineup.
The Mets don’t appear likely to make up the seven-game gap between themselves and the Braves, but they certainly will put up a fight and continue to bounce back from adversity for the rest of the season.