The Mets are proving they play up to elite competition

Tampa Bay Rays v New York Mets
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Just days after we all thought the New York Mets were doomed, they are back in business. Before the series against the Tampa Bay Rays, the team had lost ten games out of the last thirteen played.

The Mets won the series against the best team in baseball, the Tampa Bay Rays. The series took an unexpected turn after the Rays pummeled Verlander, but the Mets bounced back, winning the last two of the series.

The Mets just made a big statement to the rest of the league

The Mets were coming off a relatively soft schedule. During the first fifteen days of May, the Mets were supposed to take advantage of the Detroit Tigers, Colorado Rockies, Cincinnati Reds, and Washington Nationals.

Instead, the team played disastrously after being outscored 39-64. With a stronger schedule after these series, all seemed lost for the Mets.

However, after losing Game 1 against the Rays with Verlander on the mound, the Mets rallied with a level of competitiveness not seen before this season. Led by the injection of youth with Mark Vientos and Francisco Alvarez, the team made a comeback in the second game and dominated the third behind a strong performance by Tylor Megill.

Quickly these look like other Mets. In what could be the turning point of the season, the Mets beat the Rays in the second game of the series after three comebacks thanks to the power of the rookies and Pete Alonso and the masterful performance of Kodai Senga. This new brilliance of the team was also evidenced by beating Tampa in the final game of the series.

Suddenly everything seems to be working. The Mets just released a big statement to all of their opponents. They did not let themselves collapse after having lost five series in a row, and they beat the biggest rival.

A starting rotation that appears to be on the mend, an efficient bullpen, and a producing lineup like last year could make the Mets a big threat again. Heading into a stronger schedule, the team is more than ready to prove they are a contender.

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