The Mets have had a 5 game lead on the 2nd place NL East team on numerous occasions this season, but have never increased that lead beyond 5 games. In fact the last time the Mets had a 5 game lead on the Braves it dwindled down to a 1.5 game lead in the matter of a week.
But have the Mets turned the corner? They're averaging over 7 runs per game for the last week. They are hitting with runners in scoring position, and have hit a home run in each of the last 4 games.
So can the Mets build on their 5 game lead? Well today is an off day, but tomorrow we'll see. The Mets have a better record on the road than they do at home, which is inexcusable. Against a tough NL opponent like the Padres, we'll get a look at what the Mets are really made of. Will they separate themselves from the pack or fall back into the rut that has plagued them this season.
The amazing thing is this offensive burst has come with an injured and depleted lineup. It's come with DiFelice in the starting lineup and Delgado on the bench. More injuries? Doesn't matter.
I'm looking forward to this 6 game home stand because I think we'll see if this is just the Mets beating up on bad teams or if we've got what it takes to make a run this postseason.