METS BEGIN SECOND HALF WITH PROMISE

By Mike Florio

Just a few weeks ago not many would have guessed that a series in San Diego, fresh off the all-star break, would be relevant for the Mets.

But that’s exactly what it is as they begin the second half playing their best baseball of the season.

The Mets entered the break going 8-2 in their final 10 games; better than anyone not name the Angels during that stretch. The Mets did it by winning series against the Rangers, Braves and Marlins, the latter which was a sweep.

They have done so by coming together as a team and getting hot together. During the past two weeks the Mets have got two home runs a piece from David Wright, Lucas Duda, Travis d’Arnaud and four from Curtis Granderson.

Wright has especially been hot, batting .440 with two home runs, seven RBI and six runs over the past week.

The lineup has finally began to provide the pitching staff, which ranks 10th in the MLB with a 3.50 ERA, with some run support.

The Mets pitching was on full display before the all-star break seeing Dillon Gee return from injury with seven very strong innings against the Braves. Zack Wheeler went 6.2 solid innings against the Marlins only allowed one run while striking out six to lower his first half ERA to 3.90. But, perhaps the best starter on the Mets and in all of New York the past couple of weeks has been rookie Jacob deGrom. deGrom has gone seven innings in each of his last two starts, only allowing one run, and most impressively, striking out 19 while only walking two.

The Mets,who are currently sit at 45-50, seven games back of both the division and the second wild card spot, will look to pickup where they left off starting tonight as Bartolo Colon takes the hill in San Diego against Padres ace Ian Kennedy.

It will be very difficult for them to replicate the success they had in their past 10 games, but they have a chance to get within two games under .500 against the 41-54 Padres.

At the least, their hot stretch has given fans a reason to believe in the second half.

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