Have the New York Mets Finally Figured Out How to Win at Citi Field?

By Tyler Ruby
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To contend in the MLB, a team has to be able to win at home. For whatever reason, the New York Mets have been unable to see any sort of success at Citi Field, until now.

After a 9-1 drubbing of the Miami Marlins that led to a series sweep, the Mets have seemed to turn it around at home. They just finished their most recent homestand with an 8-2 record, and now the Mets have a winning record at home in the first half of the season. Their record is 25-23. It’s not great, but it’s a start and move in the right direction.

After the 10-game homestand, the Mets gained three games on the leaders in the division, and five games in the win/loss column. The Mets’ bats finally woke up. They averaged nearly six runs per game, and they took on Yu Darvish, Julio Teheran and Henderson Alvarez, all all-stars, and beat them soundly. It truly was a team effort. David Wright and Daniel Murphy were their consistent selves, but Curtis Granderson, Eric Campbell, Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Travis d’Arnaud provided some surprising performances in the batter’s box.

But it wasn’t just hitting. Their pitching was equally strong, as it has been all year. The entire pitching staff was on point. The bullpen may have been even better. They are playing inspired baseball at the moment. They seem to be having fun, and they are playing with resilience exhibited by their come-from-behind win against the Marlins on Saturday.

The Mets seemed to have finally gotten over the psychological hump that is Citi Field. Hopefully the All-Star break doesn’t ruin any of their momentum like it has in the past, and the Mets can move forward with a legitimate home-field advantage.

Tyler Ruby is a New York Mets writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter at Hello_Iam_Tyler and add him to your network on Google

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