The club has also won six of their past seven and are within 2 1/2 games of the National League’s second Wild Card spot.
“Those guys are hitting all over the ballpark. It makes pitching that much easier,” said Noah Syndergaard, who earned his 12th win with seven innings of one-run ball. “Especially when you’ve got a big lead like that.”
Mets crush four home runs
PHI@NYM: Mets belt four homers in 12-1 victory
The Mets slug a combined four home runs, highlighted by Kelly Johnson’s grand slam in their win over the Phillies
Asdrubal Cabrera started the party with a two-run shot in the third inning, his third homer in two nights. Cespedes then ripped a 423-foot laser, according to Statcast™, into the second-deck in left field the following inning.
“He’s locked in every at-bat, but you can really tell certain at-bats, because he’s got that little hip cock kind of thing, so you could tell there’s some damage to be done once that happens,” Syndergaard said.
It was hardly the end of the Mets’ outburst. Kelly Johnson pinch-hit for Syndergaard with the bases loaded in the seventh and sent his ninth homer of the season into the seats. The grand slam marked Kelly’s fourth pinch-hit homer of 2016 and the sixth of his career.
By the time Neil Walker circled the bases in the eighth after his career-high-tying 23rd homer of the season, Mets fan had seen eight dingers against the Phillies in two nights.
A stretch of anemic offensive performances prompted the Mets to trade for Jay Bruce before the Aug. 1 non-waiver Trade Deadline. While Bruce has struggled mightily — he was given a “mental day” off Saturday — the Mets seemed to have turned a corner. Over their past 12 games, the team is averaging 6.3 runs per game.
“It’s the nature of the game,” Collins said. “Some weeks you’re red hot, others you can’t hit anybody.”
With just over a month to spare in the regular season, the Mets can hardly afford another cold stretch. Time is running out. But as 35,832 fans routinely broke into hysterics Saturday night, the familiar image of the Mets jogging around the bases no doubt conjured memories of last year’s magical run.
Joshua Needelman is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
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