Since the All-Star break, the Mets as a team are hitting .186. That's right. Mets hitters went 60-for-322 over their last ten games, averaging 2.2 runs per game. (Only better than the Reds in the National League who are 1-9 over the same span)
The Mets, however, still ended their 10-game road trip at 5-5.
With the help of quality starts by Jacob deGrom, Bartolo Colon, and a reliable bullpen that shut the door more than once, the Mets came away with an even record on the road.
Undoubtedly the most significant player on the Mets this second half and the entire last month is rookie RHP Jacob deGrom (5-5, 2.79).
Every time deGrom takes the mound he delivers and almost seems to improve.
The month of July was deGrom's coming out party in the majors. He went 4-1 with a 1.39 ERA and allowed only five earned runs over 32.1 innings pitched. He's second to none for N.L Rookie of the Month in July and should easily win the award.
As for the Mets lone significant bat, it's been Lucas Duda.
Duda tallied a hit in nine of the 10 games this past road trip, including four home runs and seven RBIs. His pair of late-inning two-run home runs in Milwaukee propelled the Mets to victory both times. Duda has found his stride of late, and that is a great sign for the Mets moving forward.
The last ingredient for the Mets this road trip was their bullpen's efficiency.
Jenrry Mejia's been perfect in his last seven save opportunities, while Juerys Familia has not allowed a run in eight straight innings of relief. The Mets bullpen, carried by the emerging Mejia-Familia duo, have become more consistent, more productive, and most importantly, more reliable.
The Mets are at the same spot they were to begin the second half. They are five games under .500 at 50-55 and sit 8.5 back in the N.L East and 7 games back in the Wild Card.
New York's pitching has generally been strong and is the reason they went 5-5. However, the lack of hitting has come to hurt the Mets more than once and that needs to change if they expect to gain ground on Atlanta, Washington, and now Miami.
New York faces Philadelphia (46-59) for three games starting Monday night at Citi Field. Tonight's probable RHP Colon (9-8, 4.03) vs. RHP Burnett (6-9, 3.86) at 7:10 pm.