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NY Mets: 5 things we must see in the second half for a successful season

Jul 4, 2021; Bronx, New York, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) celebrates with teammates after hitting a two run home run against the New York Yankees during the third inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 4, 2021; Bronx, New York, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) celebrates with teammates after hitting a two run home run against the New York Yankees during the third inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
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Jul 4, 2021; Bronx, New York, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (2) reacts after hitting a solo home run during the first inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Someone needs to go on an absolute tear at the plate

Do you know what hasn’t happened with any Mets player this year? None of the position players have gone an absolute tear at the plate. I’m talking about Player of the Month-quality at-bats for a full month straight. Heck, let’s settle for Player of the Week honors.

Mets hitters have struggled to stay hot for more than a game at a time. We’ll see a guy knock a home run one day and come up short the next. Hot streaks have not existed when this team is at the plate. It needs to change.

Relating to the previous point about the bats waking up, an absolutely awesome week or month from a single player can literally carry a club. Imagine Pete Alonso hitting a home run for four straight games. What if Dominic Smith has a .350 batting average over the course of two weeks?

It’s one thing to ask the offense to wake up. It’s another favor to request they become the most-talked-about player at the plate for a short period of time. We’ve seen it before, even with some of the guys on this current roster. Not only can it help win the team some games in the regular season, but it also gives a preview of what could be in store for the playoffs.

Remember Daniel Murphy in October 2015? Let’s see some of that from a guy in August or September.

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