After a dismal start to the second half the New York Mets are enjoying a bit of success on their current 11-game West Coast trip. Having split a four-game set with the Arizona Diamondbacks, NY capped off a 3-1 series victory over the NL West Division Leading San Francisco Giants with a 9-1 beat down on Thursday afternoon. The club is set to take on the San Diego Padres for a three-game weekend series starting tomorrow night in Petco Park, but enters the series 5-3 on their current trip and for the first time in what seems like an eternity, spirits are high.
“We had a meeting right before Arizona,” manager Terry Collins said following the clubs 9-1 victory on Thursday. “I said you’re going to see a different club here in the next few days. And I think they’ve shown that. I think they’ve come out with a little more energy. Obviously it starts with the real good pitching that we’ve had. We’ve gotten some big hits — again, today, a lot of two-out singles, a lot of two-out hits. One of the reasons we are where we are is because of the two-out hits. Today we did it again.”
Look. I am not saying this club will make the playoffs. I am not even saying they will make a serious run at the Wild Card. But what if their July swoon was just a bump — or an axle breaking pot hole — in the road we see many teams encounter during the course of 162. Maybe. Just maybe. This team can get back to playing exciting baseball and give us a reason to tune in again. I did not expect much from this club entering the season. And they have already exceeded most expectations. But if they can just rattle off some wins and make September enjoyable, I will be happy.
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