Yesterday afternoon, the Mets beat the Chicago Cubs 10-3, salvaging the last of a three-game series. The win was their fifteenth in the month of August and clinched a .500 month for them; they hadn’t had a month of break-even-or-better baseball since April. April. April, when they opened the season 17-9…and needed an 11-1 opening run to do it. April seems like a long time ago, doesn’t it? A lot of water has passed under the bridge since April.
August didn’t start out so promising. The Mets lost four out of five to Washington and Atlanta to begin the month, the lone bright spot a 3-0 win over the Braves with Zack Wheeler smack dab in the middle of his renaissance as a top pitcher. After that, though, things brightened considerably. They took two-of-three each in series against Cincinnati and Miami. Yes, it was Cincinnati and Miami, but wins are wins, aren’t they? The Miami series should be noted because that was the kickoff of the Mets’ Dog Days’ Slog.
The Mets defeated Cincinnati at home on August 8, Jacob DeGrom tossing six innings of four-hit ball in an 8-0 shutout. They were off the next day before flying to Florida; that was their last day off until today, August 30. After taking two-of-three in Miami, they had to make a stop at “home:” a makeup a game against the Yankees in the Bronx on a Monday night. This was the night deGrom bested Luis Severino in an 8-5 win on national television. This was probably the night deGrom cemented his status as the favorite for the 2018 NL Cy Young Award. But we dare not tarry: the Slog must go on! After splitting two in Baltimore, the Mets hopped the Metroliner up to Philadelphia, for five games over four days. In the opener, game one of a day-night doubleheader, the Mets put an historic number of runs on the board, giving the Phillies a 24-4 shellacking neither side will soon forget. In the 11 games since, Philly has gone 3-8, so the Mets can take some spoiler credit after winning that series three games to two. They came home to take the middle two of a four game set with San Francisco and two out of three from Washington. They then flew to Chicago. You can bet they slept well last night: from Chicago, they flew to the West Coast. All told, they came through the slog pretty well, logging 12 wins in 21 games.
Of course, it’s all meaningless at this point, but for a team this far out of it, that ain’t bad.
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