So let's assume they sweep the lowly Marlins. The eight game winning streak would still give them just a 25-29 record and likely a steep hill to climb in catching up with the division elite.
The Mets biggest problem, of course, is hitting. It is historically bad. But the old adage, "Good pitching stops good pitching" was on display this week, as the Mets' streak was fueled by their arms, not their bats. That is why, with Jon Neise to miss a start (or more), now is the time to bring up Zach Wheeler, their latest and greatest pitching phenom from the minor leagues.
His stats, 3-1, 53 strikeouts in 52.1 innings at AAA Las Vegas, don't even begin to tell the story of this kid. Scouts are saying he has better stuff than Matt Harvey, the best thing to hit Flushing since Doc Gooden.
Citifield lives for games played every five days when Harvey pitches. When he doesn't, the place is like a morgue. Why not make that TWO out of every five days when Citifield fans have something to cheer about. Until the club can turn the corner and build around their only two legitimate offensive threats--David Wright and Daniel Murphy--