Pitchers Who Rake
Bartolo Colon’s home run may be the best thing we will see until October, but you have to give credit all around the Mets pitching staff for their hitting abilities this season. As of now, they currently rank sixth in the National League in batting average and put together a five game stretch from May 7-11 where they combined to hit .400 (6-15) with two doubles, three homers and seven RBI. This is a monumental improvement from a few seasons ago when they ranked second to last in hitting in the National League (2014).
Before the season, all the talk was about how dominant this Mets pitching staff was going to be on the mound. They have not disappointed, helping the team to begin the season with a 21-12 record, third best in all of baseball. But over the last few games, we’ve all begun to realize they’re no longer an easy out at the plate. Check this out:
May 7 - Barolo Colon Home Run
May 8 - Matt Harvey RBI double
May 8 - Steven Matz RBI double
The specific games above served as the first time since June 12-14, 1988 that the Mets had a pitcher record an extra-base hit in three straight games. The pitchers to accomplish the feat back in ‘88 were Sid Fernandez, David Cone and Bobby Ojeda.
Noah Syndergaard’s historic Wednesday night on May 11th may have been after the party was started, but he grabbed all of the spotlight with two 400-foot plus homers against the Dodgers in a 4-3 win.
May 11 - Syndergaard two home runs
There is no doubt this pitching staff will achieve some remarkable things this season, but who knew it would also be with the bats.