I don't care what kind of optimism you carry as a Met fan, even you could not have predicted this kind of start to 2015.
After sweeping the second place Braves (8-7) and putting themselves up 4.5 games in the National League East, the New York Mets have won eleven straight ball games, ten straight at home, and own baseball's best record at 13-3.
A Truly Amazin' Start
New York currently owns MLB's second best team ERA at 2.81. What's their secret? The Mets have allowed the second least amount of walks in baseball with 31 over 141.0 innings pitched. They are also tied with a league-leading 12 quality starts over 16 games played.
Bartolo Colon, who tossed his fourth quality start and win in last night's 6-3 victory over the Braves, is now 4-0 with a 2.77 ERA and only one walk allowed over a team-leading 26 innings of work. Colon's dominance has been key to the Mets' success, but so have starters Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, and Jon Niese; all of whom are scheduled to start in the Bronx against the first place Yankees (9-7) this weekend.
DeGrom, set to start in Game 1 of the Subway Series , has been flawless in his three outings this year. He's allowed two earned runs over 19.1 innings pitched, struck out 17 and walked just three. DeGrom threw seven scoreless frames against the Marlins in his last start, cutting his ERA to 0.93 (third lowest in MLB). He will oppose Michael Pineda (2-0, 5.00 ERA) Friday night.
Matt Harvey has not been as effective, allowing seven earned runs over 18 innings, but has still showed signs of the dominant Harvey we saw two seasons ago. He has gone six innings in each of his three starts (3-0) with 24 strikeouts, one walk, and 1.00 WHIP. Harvey will oppose the struggling C.C Sabathia (0-3, 4.35 ERA) in Saturday's afternoon game.
Jon Niese has been at the top of his game thus far, allowing three earned runs over 18 innings and pitching his way to a 2-0 record. Niese allowed one earned run in each of his last two starts, going 6.1 innings against Philadelphia and 6.2 innings against Atlanta while finding the W in both outings. Niese will oppose former Marlin Nathan Eovaldi (1-0, 3.12 ERA) on Sunday evening.
The Mets starting pitching has been their difference maker this early on the season. Despite losing Zack Wheeler, the assets of Bartolo Colon, Dillon Gee, and a stable bullpen have kept New York in close games late. That being said, the offense has done their part in getting on base and scoring when needed most and that can attest to why New York has won eleven straight.
New York's offense ranks second in National League runs scored with 73, second in on-base percentage at .331, and first with Los Angeles with 63 base on balls. Duda, d'Arnaud, Murphy, Cuddyer, Lagares and Flores all have at least seven runs batted in and account for 44 of 73 total runs scored.
Regarding the pen, New York holds MLB's seventh best bullpen ERA at 2.79. Juerys Familia has been a staple at the closer position, going 8-for-8 in save opportunities and giving the Mets confidence that they can hold on to leads late, something they did not have last season.
If the starting pitching can continue its exceptional success on the mound and keep the scoring close, the Mets can take real advantage of the first place position they currently hold and can give the Nats and Braves a run for their money.
Hopefully, we see Mets history made tonight in front of the Bronx crowd. That would be Amazin'.
Let's Go Mets!