Mets hoping for another miracle
Entering their final 10 games of the 2019 season, the Mets (79-73) postseason hopes are on life support. Trailing the Milwaukee Brewers by 3.5 games for the second and final Wild Card spot, a lot will have to go right for New York to play October baseball. While hope remains, it won’t be easy for the Mets.
Playing away from Citi Field has been a struggle for the Metropolitans. Sporting just a 36-42 road mark, the Mets will play their final road series of the year in the Queen City where they’ve had success in recent years. Since 2013 the Mets are an impressive 13-6 at GABP.
The past several seasons, the Mets have relied heavily upon the dominant pitching of Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard. Even though the Big Apple duo has done much of the heavy lifting in 2019, the New York pitching staff as a whole is an above-average unit.
Posting a team ERA of 4.33, the Mets are third among NL pitching staffs with 1,415 punch outs. By the way, the Reds pitchers lead the league with 1,469 strikeouts. Not only do the Mets throw strikes, but they’re stingy with free passes. Their 475 base on balls are also the third fewest among those on the senior circuit.
Meanwhile, New York hitters have already set a franchise record with 225 home runs this season. Rookie first baseman Pete Alonso leads the majors with 49 homers. The Mets rank in the top five in the NL with team .329 OBP. However, the New Yorkers are prone to the twin killing. They’ve hit into 126 double plays which is second most in the National League.