Is New York Mets' Hot Streak Going Into All-Star Break Legit or Aberration?

By Steven Carollo
Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

This afternoon, New York Mets‘ starting pitcher Jacob deGrom pitched a seven-inning gem in what would end up being a 9-1 Mets victory over the Miami Marlins, completing a three game sweep of this last series before the All-Star break.  The Mets have now won seven out of their last eight games to finish up the first half of the season strong, but is this recent hot streak by the Mets legit or just an aberration?

Well, if history is any indicator, it would certainly show that this recent Mets’ hot streak is only an aberration.  I know that is not what Mets fans want to hear — and believe me I don’t want to say it since I am one myself — but it is the truth.

During this hot streak the Mets have beaten up on a bad American League team, in the Texas Rangers, and two division rivals, in the Atlanta Braves and Marlins, who are a part of one of the weakest divisions, not only in the National League, but in all of MLB.

Also let us not forget all of the second half collapses the Mets have had this last decade, all of which seem to take place immediately after the All-Star break. It is like clockwork every single season.

Plus just take a look at this Mets roster. The starting pitching is very good; you cannot deny that. But everything else is very below average. The bullpen is highly erratic, and the offense is inconsistent at best. Other than David Wright, Curtis Granderson and first time All-Star Daniel Murphy, there is absolutely no Mets hitter you can depend on. And when you have just three consistent hitters in your entire lineup, you will not have a potent and consistent offense, which the Mets absolutely do not.

I hope I am wrong, as do many realistic Mets fans, but this current hot streak leading up to the All-Star break sure looks like just another aberration and not a legitimate turnaround that will lead to a playoff run.

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