Baseball Betting Report on the New York Mets 2015 Season
In the early part of the Major League Baseball season, pundits and MLB betting fans were making fun of the fact that the New York Mets’ offense simply lacked the ability to score at the right time. Their pitching rotation has been stellar all year long, but the bats were simply not providing enough run support for the team to get on a roll.
Looking into the Baseball Betting Report on the New York Mets 2015 Season
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However, that has all changed in the last weeks as the bats have come alive, and the Mets now find themselves opening up a big lead in the National League East over the suddenly swooning Washington Nationals.
Monday, the Mets ran the Phillies out of their own park, winning 16-7 at Citizens Bank Park. The Mets set team records for extra base hits (with 15) and home runs (with 8) and maybe even epiphanies. If you saw the unabashed ecstasy that David Wright displayed when he hit a gargantuan home run in his first plate appearance since April 14, then you saw an individual expression of the joy that a team on a roll puts forth.
Wright hit his blast just after Phillie Ryan Howard had sent a three-run homer into the seats off Jacob deGrom and Juan Lagares hit a solo blast. The Mets might have won 16-7, but it was the Phillies who struck first, running out to a 7-2 lead in the third thanks to a three-run shot from the bat of Domonic Brown. After that, though, it was a hitting clinic from the Mets from that point on. The Mets put 14 unanswered runs on the board thanks to two home runs from Wilmer Flores and blasts from Travis d’Arnaud, Yoenis Cespedes, Daniel Murphy and Michael Cuddyer.
The Elias Sports Bureau reported that this game, by featuring 10 different players hitting home runs among the two teams, set a record. The combined total of 11 home runs from the two teams was the most in a MLB game since the Tigers and Cubs hit 11 together on June 18, 2006, in a tilt at Wrigley Field.
The Mets’ 16-run night was a season high. It was the fifth time in August that the Mets have scored 10 more more runs. In their first 97 games, they only did that two times (through July 24). From Friday to Monday, they put 49 runs on the board, a four-game total that they have only bettered two other times (50 in 1990 and 52 in 2011).
If you look at July 24, that may well have been the day the Mets season turned. On that day, the Mets lost to the Dodgers and GM Sandy Alderson put Michael Cuddyer on the disabled list and brought up Michael Conforto, the #1 pick on the 2014 draft. After that loss, the Mets announced a trade to bring in Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson. On July 25, Conforto went 4-for-4, Johnson hit a home run and Uribe picked up his first hit in a Mets uniform.
Since then, what was a three-game deficit has become a 5 1/2 game lead over Washington. The offense has averaged 6.11 runs per game while only permitting 2.44 per game in the heady weeks since. As the calendar brings us closer to September, the Mets look like they could be the real deal going into the postseason.