NEW YORK — The Mets won a series, set a record and perhaps gained some momentum in Sunday’s 6-1 win over the Rockies.
In the first inning, Todd Frazier mashed a three-run home run. It marked the 16th straight home game in which the Mets have homered, a franchise record. New York had hit homers in 15 straight home contests twice before — in 1996 and 2006.
And thanks to Noah Syndergaard, the Mets’ runs after that homer were merely insurance.
Frazier went 2-for-4 with four RBIs, while Syndergaard one-hit Colorado over seven innings.
That New York (32-33) won a series was important, especially given the recent inconsistency troubles. But it could also serve as a boost for what lies ahead.
On Monday and Tuesday, the Mets will walk into Yankee Stadium for the Subway Series. The teams find themselves in different situations entering the two-game rivalry tilt.
The Mets went all in over the offseason, making promising moves. General manager Brodie Van Wagenen called his team a contender.
To this point, it has not seemed that way. The Mets have dealt with injuries, but they’ve also been plagued by inconsistency. They haven’t been able to sync up their pitching and hitting enough to be where they want.
The Yankees, on the other hand, were decimated by injuries from the start. They’ve left many to wonder what they’ll look and play like when they’re at full strength.
This week, we’ll get a glimpse of how the two match up. It will serve as a good preview to what should be expected on July 2 and 3, when the Yankees come to Citi Field.
Since the two began playing in 1997, the Mets are 49-69 against the Yankees. They’re 24-35 in road games.
The pitching matchups will be as follows:
Jason Vargas versus Masahiro Tanaka on Monday, Zack Wheeler versus James Paxton on Tuesday.
Fans might see it as unfortunate that Jacob deGrom, Steven Matz and Noah Syndergaard will not pitch. Of course, it’s fun to watch big names take the mound. But on the other hand, Vargas just tossed a shutout against the Giants and lowered his ERA to 3.57.
The two games also mark the first Yankee Stadium appearances for stud rookie Pete Alonso, who has already blasted 21 home runs this season. In an up-and-down season, he has provided some flare in Flushing, electrifying fans with long balls and passionate play.
On Sunday, Frazier’s homer set the tone. Carlos Gómez — who, for one at-bat, walked up to the SpongeBob SquarePants theme song — notched a run-scoring knock, while J.D. Davis tripled to score another. Syndergaard kept shoving, fanning seven.
The Mets responded well over this homestand. They lost the first game to the Giants, then won the next two. They lost the opener to the Rockies, then took the next two.
The Mets have seen a few big low points over this first half, but right now, they might have gained a little extra push heading into two important games.
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