Back to Winning, For Now

July is a month the Mets would rather forget. Aside from a two-of-three games victory over the Philadelphia Phillies in the beginning of July, the Mets lost every home stand and away series they played. But the team begins August undefeated (albeit with just two games played) after unexpectedly winning three out of four games in a series against the San Francisco Giants.

The series-taking drought is over, but the Mets stand two games below .500 and 11 back from the National League East division lead. One sign of encouragement is that they left AT&T Park on a destructive 9-1 note. Their first four runs were produced on two outs and none came from the long ball. All but two members of the starting lineup contributed to the small ball onslaught.

Just when the Mets find themselves on the brink of indifference amongst National League competition they play with the winning formula that has kept within reach of the Wild Card and, for much of the season, in playoff competition. Starter Chris Young rewarded a four-run first inning with seven innings of one run ball. Keeping the bullpen out of the first two-thirds of a game and fluffing a comfortable cushion for the starter early on has been key to getting wins.

On June 27 the Mets crushed the Chicago Cubs 17-1 at Wrigley Field and moved on to win three straight against a Los Angeles Dodgers team sans Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier on the West Coast. The Mets will begin a three-game set against the lowly San Diego Padres on August 3. It’s up to R.A. Dickey to get his team started on the right foot with an All-Star performance and for the lineup to continue its cohesive offense. The Amazins can return to Queens above .500 and prove every nonbeliever wrong if they can stay consistent.

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