The Mets are a team that commonly score two runs or fewer per game. The team as a whole did the unthinkable this past week scoring at an unheard of rate.
A couple weeks ago, the New York Mets were destroyed by the Nationals by a score of 25-4. Nobody expected them to flip the script and do a similar bashing to someone else.
Yet they did, on August 16th, in the first game of a doubleheader against the Phillies, they won by a score of 24-4. It was their second game in a row where they scored ten or more runs and they scored a combined 40 runs during those two games.
During their eight-game week, they went 5-3 and scored a total of 70 runs. That’s 8,75 runs per game. They finished the week with 522 runs on the season, which equates to 4.24 runs per game. Before this outburst began, they averaged 3.93 runs per game.
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Thanks to the outburst, the Mets entered Monday as one of just four teams who scored more than 100 runs in August. Their 111 runs were just five behind the Texas Rangers and no other National League team has scored 100.
The Mets also lead the National League in hits, doubles, triples, and RBI’s. They have only played in 19 games this month and already have better numbers than they have had in 25 July games. In fact, last month the Mets were dead last in the majors with 170 hits. This month they lead all of baseball with 186.
They didn’t even crack 100 runs last month, or in June, or May. The only time they scored 100 runs this season was when they scored 112 in April. They should easily reach that tonight.
Here are some hitting highlights of their insane week.
Amed Rosario played in seven games and he went 13 for 33. He had four multiple hit games and he hit two home runs while driving in nine runs. Todd Frazier played in all eight games and went 11 for 29. He also hit two home runs but drove in seven runs.
During his eight games, Jose Bautista went 8 for 28. He hit two home runs and drove in 11 runs. Brandom Nimmo played in only four games but went 10 for 14. In less than 20 plate appearances, he scored seven times and had six extra-base hits, which included two triples.
Even Jose Reyes joined in on the fun. During his two starts, he went 4 for 10 and he scored five times.
The one really great pitching highlight belongs to Jacob deGrom. He played in two games and gave up just two earned runs over 15.2 innings. he recorded 21 strikeouts and his record improved to 8-7.
Even if the Mets can keep up a similar 4 runs per game average, they might be looking at their fewest runs total for a season since 2014.
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If the Mets can keep up scoring at such a rate, regardless of where they finish, the team would be fun to watch over the last month and a half of the season. If they can score like this next season, it will be a season to remember.