Mets sweep Indians with 2-0 victory in rain-shortened game
New York — Let’s go back to the middle of July — basically a different universe — for a second.
Hours before the Mets began the second half, general manager Brodie Van Wagenen spoke about the team most likely needing to face its reality with the trade deadline looming. The Mets then lost to the Marlins that night to fall 11 games below .500. Their season seemed over, though you can never close the door in sports.
Yet they are now the majors’ hottest team at 27-10 since the All-Star break. With a 2-0 win over Cleveland on Thursday in a game that was called due to rain, New York is a season-high seven games over even, something that seemed unfathomable a month ago. There is belief. Lots of it. That’s what the Mets have earned, especially with inspired home victories. Two weeks ago, they came back for a walk-off win against the Nationals. They did the same to the Indians a night ago. This team never seems out of a game, regardless of the deficit.
New York began a crucial, three-team homestand with a sweep of the Indians, who are expected to contend come October. They hammered Cleveland in the opener before winning two close games. The Mets are winners of five in a row.
Thursday’s game featured a 2-hour, 28-minute delay in the sixth before the umpires stopped the game again in the bottom of the eighth — for good.
Noah Syndergaard took a perfect game into the sixth inning in the first leg of this one. The game was delayed for over two hours due to severe weather, but the Mets didn’t lose the two-run lead they had before play paused.
Jeurys Familia pitched a clean seventh and Paul Sewald cruised through the eighth.
Syndergaard allowed only two hits over six scoreless. He threw 73 pitches, 50 of which were strikes. The Mets spotted him two runs when Wilson Ramos doubled those home in the fourth, extending a league-best hitting streak to 16 games.
The wind began picking up in bottom of the sixth inning. Rain then started to fall and the game was delayed with two outs. The Mets had a man on base with Ramos at the plate.
The Mets must still play three against the Braves and three more versus the Cubs after it. But this is obviously a great start, and one that could ease fans’ minds.
It certainly feels like the Mets are beginning something special. If nothing else, they’ve been entertaining, which is half the battle in a long season. And perhaps they’ve proved they can beat stiffer competition.
Each night, a different hero emerges. J.D. Davis is having a breakout season, while Pete Alonso is breaking lots of records. The starting rotation has come around and the bullpen — the “missing piece,” per manager Mickey Callaway — has miraculously straightened itself out.
What it’s all created: A winning team, one the Mets thought they built from the start.
Their next test awaits. The Mets are in the race.
When you think back to July, that seems almost unimaginable.
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