The New York Mets have been a bad home team for the past few seasons but managed to cap off a successful ten game run today against the Miami Marlins, securing a 6-4 record during their home stand, bringing their home record on the year to 8-8.
The Mets have been facing quality opposition all month long, starting the year with five of their series against teams that are currently at .500 or better, but this ten game home stand was always going to be a huge challenge for the team. They took on the defending National League East champions, and current division front-runner, Atlanta Braves, the reigning National League champion St. Louis Cardinals, and the Miami Marlins, a team with plenty of young talent and a team that always seems to be a thorn in the Mets side and they came away with a winning record in the ten game set to put themselves three games above .500 going into a two game set against the Philadelphia Phillies to close out the month, a series that starts a nine game road trip for the Mets.
The Mets owe much of their success over the past ten games to their pitching staff, which, after the Mets dropped the first two games to the Braves, surrendered three or less runs in seven of the next eight games. The Mets were always going to be reliant upon their pitching staff, particularly their starters, to be solid this season, and the staff answered the call for the majority of this stretch.
The Mets offense, which was horrible, to put it lightly, in the early stages of the season, started to show signs of life this home stand, with the team scoring four or more runs in six of the ten games at Citi Field. Curtis Granderson, Travis d’Arnaud and Chris Young have started to show signs of rounding into form after very slow starts offensively. The Mets will need to continue to grow as an offensive unit if they want to remain relevant deep into the season.