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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.

The fastball’s electric, but there’s a lot of people driving UPS trucks that have good fastballs.

- Bobby Ojeda, on Bobby Parnell, on SNY’s Mets Hot Stove

It’ll be a big year for Parnell. I, like a lot of fans, would love to see him slot in to be the Mets’ closer of the future once that K-Rod fella says “so long.” Parnell’s problem is he had the tendency to completely melt down. When he was on, he was lights out, but once he found a bat or two, you knew he was in trouble. Here’s hoping he makes some significant progress this year.

“I’m a big fan of the home run. One day, when you’re hitting just gets shutdown, due to solid pitching, you need the long ball to stay competitive. Now, they’ve been nothing short of remarkable. Banging out hits like they have in the last week or so is just not sustainable… I don’t think it’s a long term thing. Right now, it’s been a spectacle to watch. But they are gonna need some pop. Maybe it will coincide with getting David [Wright] back… They are gonna have to hit some home runs sooner or later. All these singles are gonna catch up with them. You really can’t count on them long term, night after night, after night, you just can’t."  - SNY’s Bobby Ojeda