The Mets offense overcame a shaky start from Robert Gsellman to score nine runs off Marlins pitching in Thursday's extra-inning win in Miami.
Travis d'Arnaud had three hits and three RBI; Yoenis Cespedes and Wilmer Flores both homered, with Cespedes going deep twice; Jay Bruce had three hits; and Michael Conforto had a pinch-hit RBI double to tie the game in the eighth inning.
After d'Arnaud tripled in the second inning, Curtis Granderson drove him in with a line drive RBI single. Jose Reyes, who had the day off, also had a pinch-hit single for the Mets.
In the last 72 hours, Cespedes has hit five homers, driven in nine runs and increased his batting average more than .120 points.
In 199 games played since joining the Mets in August, 2015, Cespedes has hit hit 54 home runs.
In spring training, standing on field in St. Lucie, I had countless conversations with team officials, scouts, reporters and fans, all of whom commented on the team's potential lethal offense when standing with me watching batting practice. It was always a slow realization, and presented like a unique, surprising insight, as if they were the only people to notice how deep and powerful the lineup might be in 2017. But, everyone noticed it. And, I think the realization was sudden because we all were so focused this past winter on the pitching staff...
Noah Syndergaard's emergence as an elite pitcher, plus the returns of Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom and Zack Wheeler from surgery, understandably dominated mindshare and headlines.
So, when the dust settled this past offseason, and Sandy Alderson had created a lineup of which 10 of his 13 position players were capable of hitting 20 home runs, it went largely unnoticed. Again, I think we all knew it, but it didn't get talked about much... at least not until we saw them all standing shoulder-to-shoulder around the batting cage in Florida, interacting, laughing, enjoying their time together and hitting.
So, here we are in April, just 10 games in to the season and Alderson's position players have scored the second-most runs in baseball, while on pace to hit a record-setting 320 home runs. The best part is that, despite Cespedes going wild with the bat, he's accounted for only 30 percent of the team's scoring the last few days. In other words, he's not alone, this is a group effort...
"That's how our team has been built and when you are playing in a place where you can hit homers, you need to do it," Terry Collins said earlier this week. "We're a fly-ball hitting team, make no mistake about it. We are not a ground ball, beat out hits, go for third kind of team."
Obviously, the Mets aren't hitting 320 home runs this season -- although I hope they do, because it will mean a lot of winning and an amazing story. However, it's unrealistic to think they're going to average 8 runs a game all season (as they have during their current five-game winning streak). There are going to be dry spells, slumps, injuries and struggles. However, just as everyone slowly came to realize in spring training, and we're seeing come to fruition this past week, when healthy and clicking and facing inferior pitching, the Mets are going to score a lot of runs and win a lot of games.