After series victories against the defending National League champion Cardinals and the Marlins in the 10-game homestand that wrapped up Sunday, the Mets' confidence is taking hold. Their hitters explain the 14-11 record as a function of excellent starting pitching and defense.
"The best thing for me personally has been the pitching staff," said Chris Young, whose two-run homer ended the scoring in the Mets' 4-0 win over Miami. "They're throwing up zeros over and over and over."
At the same time, the hitters are showing positive signs. Young is batting only .194 after coming off the DL, but he homered on the 11th pitch of his third at-bat against Marlins starter Tom Koehler. "By the time I got to the home run, I had probably seen 20 pitches from [Koehler]," Young said. "I kind of saw everything he had, and I think that advantage leans a little more my way."
Wright hoping to warm up
David Wright is hitting .275, but his power numbers are down with one homer and four extra-base hits. "Hopefully, when the weather warms up, we stop getting these swirling winds, get on the road, get some more suitable hitting ballparks, hopefully, we start seeing some results," Wright said.
He's looking forward to the upcoming nine-game road trip that includes stops in Philadelphia, Colorado and Miami, places where he traditionally hits better than at Citi Field. "It's nice when you have a good at-bat, you get a good result," Wright said of hitting conditions in those parks.
Eric Young Jr. saw his NL-best streak of reaching base safely in 20 straight games snapped, but Daniel Murphy extended his hitting streak to nine and had his 27th straight stolen base, second-longest in franchise history . . . Mets starting pitchers had a 2.49 ERA in the 6-4 homestand . . . Mets starting pitchers had a 2.49 ERA and earned four of the six wins in the 6-4 homestand . . . Juan Lagares was 1-for-4 leading off and playing center during a rehab assignment in Port St. Lucie Sunday.