By a score of 10-1, the New York Mets defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates today to win their sixth straight game, baseball's longest active winning streak. The Mets have now won seven of their last eight games, outscoring opponents 48-25 and averaging a victory of 3.2 runs in that span.
Coming into May, the Mets were fourth in their division, 4.5 games out of Florida's lead. The Phillies hosted New York for a three game series, in which both teams won a game (the Phillies' 6-5 win being the only Mets' loss since April 29th), and the third game was postponed.
The Mets then swept the Atlanta Braves in a two-game series to complete a four-game road trip. Since then, they played another two-game series with Philadelphia, which they swept, and have currently taken the first two of a three game series against the Pirates on a home stand that is only half-over.
Starting pitching has been great for the Mets during these games; Mike Pelfrey and John Maine are both 2-0 since the beginning of the month, while Johan Santana and Livan Hernandez have each won their only starts.
Carlos Delgado has led the charge for the Mets over the last week, batting .471 with eight hits, a home run, and seven RBI. He, Ramon Castro, David Wright, and Carlos Beltran are each batting over .300 in the last seven days. Beltran has three homers, the four mentioned before have combined for eight, and the team has hit nine bombs in the last week.
Mets' first-year closer Fransisco Rodriguez has been a huge help to the Mets' recent success. He has made five saves since May 1, four of them coming in four straight nights from May 4-May 7. Since then, K-Rod has struck out five as well as allowing just two hits and five base-runners with no earned runs.
The Mets have risen from fourth, only ahead of the Nationals, to first place thanks to this hot streak. They now are in a tie for first in the NL East with the Marlins, but have a better win percentage than Florida. New York is a half-game ahead of Philadelphia, who are 9-2 in their last 11 games against teams not named the New York Mets.