Over the course of this past week, we saw the Chicago Cubs make a mockery out of the New York Mets by sweeping them in a four-game series at Wrigley Field. Immediately after, the 12-23 Milwaukee Brewers opened up their three-game series against the Mets with a 7-0 victory.
It appeared that the Mets had lost their edge that they had in April. But the Mets’ 14-1 win over the Brewers on Saturday was a welcomed triumph, and many recent doubts about the team were, at least on this day, dissolved.
Even during the Mets’ 11-game winning streak back in April, the team has won most of their games this season with low scoring and solid pitching. Since the beginning of May, that kind of play started to catch up with them, beginning with a four-game home series against the Washington Nationals.
The Nationals took three out of four from the Mets, despite the Mets outscoring Washington 4-2 in those last three games. The Mets are 6-8 so far this month, with six of those losses being determined by three runs or less. The bullpen began to falter as well, as evident by their embarrassing showing against the Cubs.
Clinging to a 1-0 lead in the Windy City on Wednesday, Carlos Torres relieved Matt Harvey after the latter posted seven innings of shutout baseball. Torres allowed the Cubs to tie the game in the eighth then allowed the winning run on base in the ninth before Juerys Familia came in and allowed that run to come across.
Using that game as an example, we cannot blame solely the bullpen for that loss. Where were the bats that day? Harvey bailed out the offense with seven shutout innings and nine strikeouts. The only run for the Mets that day came courtesy of a Michael Cuddyer ground out that brought home Curtis Granderson at third in the sixth. New York went 0-for-7 that night with runners in scoring position. Games like those are what have caused the Mets to skid here in the month of May.
Thankfully, though, the Mets were able to ditch that moniker at least for one day with their offensive explosion on Saturday. After getting on the board in the second with a 1-0 lead, the Mets unleashed for ten runs in the fourth, including a grand slam by Wilmer Flores and a two-run double by Cuddyer.
With a win like that under their belts, the Mets can use that kind of production as a catalyst or a model for what they want to do this year. And with David Wright set to come back Monday for their home series against the first-place St. Louis Cardinals, there was no better time for the orange and blue to show strong signs of a winning team to head into the summer leg of the season.
Harvey, who is 3-0 with a 3.32 ERA at home this year, is set to square off against John Lackey for that opening game.