Teammates congratulate Mets outfielder Michael Conforto after he hit a three-run homer against the Philadelphia Phillies on Sept. 9, 2018, at Citi Field.

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Schwei's Mets Notes: Team Outplaying Rest Of NL East Since July 1

John Schweibacher
September 11, 2018 - 9:42 am
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The New York Mets won both of their series this past week, and although it's a case of too little, too late, they have played as well as anyone in their division over the last couple of months.

Here are the records of the teams in the NL East since July 1:
Mets          33-29  .532
Braves       33-30  .524
Phillies      30-31  .492
Nationals   29-33  .468
Marlins      22-36  .379

The Mets notched another series win with a 6-4 victory over the Phillies on Sunday afternoon at Citi Field.

Michael Conforto drove in four runs in the win, homering for the second straight day and for the fifth time in 12 games.

Conforto has nine homers and 23 RBIs in his last 28 games and is now officially the club leader in runs batted in this season with 63, as he moved past Asdrubal Cabrera, who had 58 when he was traded to the Phillies in July.

The only two Mets to lead the club in RBIs without finishing the season with the club were Carlos Beltran, who had 66 before being dealt to the Giants in 2011, and Jay Bruce, who drove in 75 last season before being traded to the Indians.

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On Saturday night, the Mets evened the series vs. the Phillies with a 10-5 win.

Jeff McNeil had three hits, including his fourth triple, to become the fifth player in Mets history to have four triples in his first 43 career games; joining Mookie Wilson, Amed Rosario, Jose Reyes and Bud Harrelson.

Noah Syndergaard earned the win despite leaving the game after he was hit by a line drive in the seventh inning.

It was Syndergaard’s sixth straight victory at Citi Field. The last Mets pitcher to win six consecutive starts at home was John Maine in 2009.

The Mets' record for consecutive home wins by a starting pitcher is nine, set by Dwight Gooden over his last nine starts at Shea Stadium in 1984.

On Friday night, the Mets lost the opener of the three-game series with the Phillies, 4-3.

Dominic Smith hit his third home run of the season in the loss.

Smith’s homer was the 12th of his career, and it came in his 83rd career game.

According to Baseball-Reference.com, only seven other players in club history have hit at least a dozen home runs in their first 83 career games at the start of their careers for the Mets. They are: 
• David Wright, 17
• Ron Swoboda, 16
• Darryl Strawberry, 16
• Michael Conforto, 14
• Jeromy Burnitz, 13
• Ike Davis, 13
• Victor Diaz, 12

On Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium, the Mets took the rubber game of the series with the Dodgers, 7-3.

Zack Wheeler struck out nine over seven innings in the win.

In nine starts since the All-Star break, Wheeler is 7-1 with a 1.50 earned run average and 62 strikeouts in 60 innings, while hard-luck Mets ace Jason deGrom is 3-4 with a 1.67 ERA and 81 K's in 64 2/3 innings in his nine outings since the Mid-Summer Classic.

Last Tuesday night, the Mets led 4-0 early, but the Dodgers rallied for 11 unanswered runs in an 11-4 win.

David Freese, who homered twice against the Mets for the Pirates earlier this season, hit a solo home run in the fourth inning, his first for Los Angeles.

The only other player to hit home runs versus the Mets for two different teams in 2018 is Jonathan Villar, who homered against them for the Brewers in April and the Orioles in August.

Happy Recap: Hit Man. McNeil has hit safely in 21 of his last 22 and has reached base in each of those games. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it's the longest on-base streak by a Met since Josh Satin did so in 29 games in 2013.

Nine Miles of Rough Road: Spirit of '76. Before Saturday's 10-5 win, the Mets had averaged 2.9 runs in their previous 50 games at Citi Field. Elias says it was their lowest over a 50-game span at home since 1976.