Harvey, Buck Powering Mets to Quick Start
The Mets have homered in all 11 games in which they have played.
The previous team record for consecutive games with a home run to start the season was eight, set in 1987.
Two weeks into the season, the Mets stand at 7-4, good enough for second place in the NL East. They are just half a game ahead of the Nationals and three and a half behind the Braves.
Catcher John Buck, in his first year with the ball club, has contributed with a home run in six of these games, including a stretch of four straight. Buck has driven in a major league-leading 19 runs, tied with Baltimore's Chris Davis and Detroit's Prince Fielder, and has five more runs-batted-in than the next highest National League player, Brandon Phillips of the Reds.
Long balls haven't been the only source of offense for this Mets team, however. Infielder Daniel Murphy has 16 hits in 42 at-bats, good for a .381 batting average, to go along with his team-high 10 runs scored. While Lucas Duda and captain David Wright are hitting under the .300 mark, both have gotten on base more than 40% of the time.
There are several players who have not been producing at a very high level, though. Ruben Tejada, Collin Cowgill, Ike Davis and Kirk Nieuwenhuis have combined for a mere 21 hits in 116 at-bats.
Even still, the Mets offense, as a whole, has been much better than expected, plating double-digit runs in two of their 11 games.
While the offense has been surprisingly explosive, the real story so far has been the dominance of pitcher Matt Harvey.
In three starts, the second year phenom owns a 0.82 ERA and a 0.55 WHIP, with 25 strikeouts in 22 innings pitched.
In his most recent outing, Harvey took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning. He surrendered one earned run on two hits, striking out six Minnesota Twins in eight innings-- the longest start of his career.
Jon Niese has also impressed in his three starts, but the rest of the starting rotation has been disappointing, and the bullpen has, for the most part, been pretty solid. Bobby Parnell successfully closed out the one save opportunity he has been faced with.
After winning three of their first four series', the Mets are definitely giving fans reason to be excited, especially if Harvey continues to develop into a legitimate ace and the offense continues its home run-hitting pace.
After being snowed out of the final game against the Twins on Sunday, the Mets head to Colorado to face the Rockies for four games, where it is expected to snow, as well.