In the world of baseball, fortunes can change in an instant. For the New York Mets, the last five games have been a testament to this fact. The team has managed to string together a remarkable five-game winning streak, turning their season around in a way that is as impressive as it is necessary, given the hefty salaries they are shelling out to their players.
Game 1: Mets vs. Rays (May 17, 2023)
The Mets’ winning streak began with a thrilling 10th inning walk-off victory against the Tampa Bay Rays. Trailing by three runs in the ninth, the Mets’ future stars stepped up to the plate. Francisco Álvarez, the organization’s top prospect, launched a game-tying, three-run homer off Jason Adam. This set the stage for Pete Alonso, who despite battling a severe sinus infection, delivered a three-run homer in the 10th inning, securing an 8-7 victory for the Mets.
Game 2: Mets vs. Rays (May 18, 2023)
The following day, the Mets continued their winning ways, securing a 3-2 victory over the Rays. Despite battling a sinus infection, Pete Alonso homered for the third straight game, demonstrating his resilience and commitment to the team. His 16th homer of the season was a testament to his mantra, “if I’m physically able to, I’m going to go out there.”
Game 3: Mets vs. Guardians (May 20, 2023)
The third game of the streak saw the Mets face off against the Cleveland Guardians. Francisco Lindor, a former Guardian, delivered a walk-off single against his old team, securing a 10-9 victory for the Mets. This marked their third consecutive win and their third in dramatic, come-from-behind fashion.
Game 4: Mets vs. Guardians (May 21, 2023, Game 1)
The fourth game was the first of a doubleheader against the Guardians. Starling Marte, who had gone 107 consecutive at-bats without an extra-base hit, broke his dry spell with a go-ahead, opposite-field, two-run homer in the eighth inning. This led the Mets to a 5-4 win, their fourth consecutive victory.
Game 5: Mets vs. Guardians (May 21, 2023, Game 2)
The final game of the streak saw Justin Verlander, at age 40, deliver a vintage performance. He allowed just one run over eight innings, leading the Mets to a 2-1 win over the Guardians. This marked the fifth straight game the Mets have won by one run, matching a franchise record set in 1984.
The Mets’ five-game winning streak is a testament to the team’s resilience and determination. Despite the high
salaries and the pressure that comes with them, the team has shown that they are worth every penny. They’ve turned their season around, not just through the efforts of their star players, but also through the contributions of their up-and-coming prospects.
This winning streak has not only been a boost for the team’s morale but also for their standing in the league. It’s a reminder that in baseball, as in life, it’s not about how you start, but how you finish. And the Mets are showing that they have what it takes to finish strong.
The Mets’ turnaround is a testament to the team’s grit, determination, and sheer talent. It’s a reminder of why we love this game – the thrill of a comeback, the joy of a walk-off win, and the satisfaction of seeing a team come together to turn their fortunes around.
So, here’s to the Mets, their incredible five-game winning streak, and the many more victories to come. Because if there’s one thing this streak has shown us, it’s that this team has the talent, the drive, and the spirit to keep those wins coming. Not to mention the fat checking accounts.