NEW YORK — Given how issues are likely to go round Willets Level, it was simple for some pockets of Mets followers to examine a worst-case state of affairs getting into this weekend’s five-game sequence towards the Braves. An Atlanta sweep would have pushed the Mets to second place for the primary time since early April. Greater than that, it might have solidified the Braves as clear division favorites getting into the stretch run of their NL East protection.
Such doomsday eventualities could be as a lot part of Queens baseball tradition as something that occurred in 1969 or ’86. However these Mets need no a part of such cynicism. When the Braves trimmed New York’s NL East margin from 10 1/2 video games on June 1 to simply half a sport on July 23, prompting Austin Riley to declare on Braves tv that “we’re coming for them,” the Mets reeled off a seven-game profitable streak to wrest again agency management of the division. When the Braves as soon as once more proved to be extra energetic on the Commerce Deadline, the Mets went out and beat them in a five-game sequence at Citi Area.
With a doubleheader sweep on Saturday, together with an 8-5 win within the matinee and a 6-2 triumph within the nightcap, the Mets clinched that sequence victory over their closest division rival. What’s extra, they appeared like a workforce with little interest in being caught. Max Scherzer’s seven scoreless innings in Recreation 2 offered the newest vindication of the Mets’ choice handy him a record-setting $130 million contract this offseason.
With Scherzer, the Mets have legitimized their rivalry. His 11-strikeout efficiency moved him right into a tie with Justin Verlander for 14th place on the all-time listing, whereas bettering his report to 3-1 with a 1.37 ERA in seven begins since coming back from the injured listing. Pete Alonso collected three hits within the nightcap after Francisco Lindor did the identical within the matinee, demonstrating how potent the Mets could be when their stars are clicking.