Two games at Yankee Stadium and the New York Mets scored 21 runs. The Mets had not scored that many runs in their previous seven games combined. They also blasted six home runs in the two games in the Bronx. It took them ten games combined to get to that total before Monday. It looks like the Kings of Queens took over the “Bronx Bombers” title for 48 hours.
What a turnaround it was for the Mets offense that has looked anemic at times this season. Their bats finally awoke against their crosstown rivals, sweeping the Yankees for the third straight two-game set, dating back to last season. It seems like the Mets have had the Yankees number the past two seasons. The Mets desperately needed some life on offense, after salvaging a win in the final game of a four-game set in Colorado, getting swept by the below average Marlins, and having to pull a late rally to avoid a sweep against the Phillies. This resurgence came at the perfect time, especially with their starters having bad outings in both games. Bartolo Colon was shelled on Monday for seven runs, and Zach Wheeler gave up five and couldn’t escape the fifth inning.
The Mets are back at .500 at 19-19 and will head a short ride over to Queens to continue this four-game set with two at Citi Field. Wednesday brings a terrific matchup as Rafael Montero makes his MLB debut for the Mets to take on Masahiro Tanaka. Montero steps on the Citi Field mound for the second time, with the first coming in the All Star Futures Game last July. Mets fans have been awaiting their young starters to get the call up, and Montero is the first of the bunch. Jacob DeGrom could also make his debut out of the bullpen tonight. Tanaka has been sensational in his first season, going 5-0 with a 2.57 ERA, to go along with 58 strikeouts in 49 innings. Tanaka has been the ace of the team, despite GM Brian Cashman calling him the number three starter.
Citi Field seems to be where bats go to die. If the Mets can carry any sort of momentum home, they have shown they have the potential to be a team that can be in a playoff race. Their offense has not been good prior to these games and their bullpen has been a disaster, yet they are still at .500. This team needs to find a way to produce runs at home, and most importantly, win games at home. If they can even be a .500 team in Queens, they should play meaningful games in August and at least early September. If they can find a way to get by Tanaka tonight, they get to face rookie Chase Whitley in his debut tomorrow. Another piece of the Mets bright future will be on display at a packed house at Citi tonight.