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The New York Mets completed a three game sweep over the Miami Marlins on Wednesday, their second straight series sweep, and eighth straight win overall.
The Mets currently hold an MLB best 10-1 record following an undefeated six game road trip. The 10-1 mark is the best start in franchise history, and for the first time in 27 years, and second time in franchise history, the Mets swept a road trip of at least six games,
The eighth consecutive win might have been the Mets most impressive win of the season, if the comeback victory on Tuesday wasn't impressive enough. The Mets won on Wednesday 4-1 in come from behind fashion, after being no-hit through six and two-thirds innings.
Marlins pitcher Jarlin Garcia made his first career start on Wednesday, following 70 career relief appearances. Garcia was pulled after six no-hit innings and 77 pitches. Drew Steckenrider came in relief, after getting the first two outs of the inning, Todd Frazier ended the no-hit bid with a single to center field.
The damage was done the following inning. In what looked like it could have resulted in a horrible injury, catcher Kevin Plawecki reached first base after being hit by a pitch with one out in the eighth. Michael Conforto came on to pinch hit for Juan Lagares in the clutch situation and delivered a double down the right field line to set up a second and third situation. Adrian Gonzalez came on pinch hitting for starting pitcher Zack Wheeler and delivered a two-run single.
A Wilmer Flores double and a Todd Frazier sacrifice fly extended the Mets lead to 4-1 and it was all they needed to hold on for the victory.
What might have been the most impressive aspect of the eighth straight victory was starting pitcher Wheeler. Wheeler looked sharp, going seven innings, the first Met starter to do so this season. Wheeler might have been set to pitch the eighth inning too if the Mets weren't in a pressure RBI situation in the top half of the inning.
Wheeler retired the final 16 batters he faced, tallying seven strikeouts. The one blemish for Wheeler was a pitch he left down the middle for Miguel Rojas in the first inning that he put in the left field bleachers.
For years now, the Mets have been touted as having one of the best young pitching rotations in all of baseball, all of their pitchers could never stay healthy at the same time though. Wheeler's start marked the first time that Noah Syndergaard, Jacob DeGrom, Matt Harvey, Steven Matz, and Wheeler all pitched a full turn through the rotation. Even if the starting pitchers didn't all record wins, the initial rotation turn of the five horsemen resulted in five Mets wins.
With Jason Vargas set to pitch another simulated game on Thursday he appears to be closer to rejoining the big league rotation. Vargas return could disrupt the rotation of the five horsemen but Manager Mickey Callaway seems intent on keeping the five best starting pitchers in the rotation.
Callaway expressed the confidence the team shows post game. “When we're down, we know how to get the job done,” Callaway said post game. “So, we're never going to give up.”
The Mets winning streak wouldn't still be active if not for timely hitting. In the Mets 10 wins thus far this season, six of them have been in come from behind fashion. Teams can't routinely come from behind without timely hitting.
Tuesday and Wednesday the Mets came from behind to beat the Marlins. Amed Rosario delivered clutch hits against the Phillies, and Yoenis Cespedes has delivered clutch hits continuously throughout the season.
Following an off day on Thursday, the Mets will start a six game home stand when they host the Brewers and Nationals at Citi Field. The Brewers series kicks off on Friday, when Steven Matz will take the mound looking to continue the momentum he built up in his last start in Washington as the Mets look to make it nine straight victories.