The Mets ended their homestand on a very high note. They have set and/or tied a number of positive season marks. Morale is high in the clubhouse and among the fan base although it not reflected by attendance totals. A crowd of 23,890 attended on Thursday after the team had won its previous 10 contests. Two games, thus far, have sold out Citi Field, opening day and fireworks night. The team cannot do more for the pleasure of its fans than wi9n every day.
The Mets 6-3 victory over the Braves on Thursday afternoon was not only a treat for Mets fans but also to those who love to read sports statistics. This article – as all others written about the Mets statistical records – must give credit to the Elias Sports Bureau for the statistical research and the dissemination of the information to the MLB clubs and to sportswriters.
The 10th straight homestand win by the Amazins, a sobriquet they earned by their performance during the past two weeks, was a sweep of their first homestand of the 2015 season and also the sweep of three individuals series over the Phillies, Marlins and Braves. The 10 victories is a new club mark for most wins during a homestasnd, which breaks the mark they set the night before.
The 12th consecutive victory at Citi Field was a new record for the stadium that opened its doors in 2009. It also tied the club mark for consecutive wins at home that was previously accomplished three times, most recently on September 13, 1995-April 11, 1996.
The 11th straight they have achieved also ties a Mets mark. It was the fifth occasion they have won that many games in succession. The most recent dates took place a quarter of a century ago, June 17-29, 1990.
The Mets remained undefeated during day games, raising their record to 6-0.
After Thursday afternoon’s game, Mets skipper Terry Collins spoke with pride about his team’s accomplishment, “It’s a huge accomplishment. It’s been very hard. We got good pitching. A lot of times we were behind [which] shows the resiliency [of the players.]”
The Mets elderly starting pitcher and young close both were outstanding. Bartolo Colon, who will reach the age of 42 one month and one day after his start on Thursday, won his fourth straight decision of the year. It is the first time the veteran hurler, who first pitched in the majors in 1997, has achieved a victory in each of his first four starts in a season. Colon pitched six innings and yielded three runs and seven hits. He fanned five, but did not issue a walk.
After the game, the experienced hurler gave credit to his teammates for his success, “The team gives me what I need. We’re playing as a team. Everybody’s chipping in; everybody’s doing their part.”
Coillins expressed his admiration for Colon, “Nothing fazes him. He had a blister on his middle finger. He’s just the epitome of what pitching is.”
The Mets next travel to the Bronx for a three game weekend series with the Yankees. Jacob deGrom, who will open the series on the mound for the Mets on Friday night, discussed his feelings, “We’re excited. We’re playing good ball. I think what we’ve done is special and we want to keep it going. I think it’ll be a fun game.”
The Mets manager is also looking for to going to Yankee Stadium, “It should be a great weekend. The Northeast is baseball country.”