Since Angel Pagan hit a grand slam on August 1, 2009, the New York Mets had gone just 25 games short of two full seasons (299 games) without hitting another one. Since Pagan’s slam, the Mets had come up empty in 280 consecutive at-bats with the bases loaded, over the span of 299 games.
The league’s 29 other teams had combined for 197 grand slams during that time, including 18 against the Mets, the most unanswered grand slams in Major League history. In terms of games, it marked the longest streak without a slam since the Florida Marlins endured a 363-game dry spell from 2002-04.
Then on Tuesday night, in an event that’s almost hard to imagine, both Jason Bay and Carlos Beltran hit the ball over the home run wall in fair territory, during a MLB game (not batting practice), with the bases loaded. Bay’s home run in the fourth inning was the Mets first home run since Bay hit one on June 21st. The Mets two grand slams gave them a blowout 14-3 victory over the first place Tigers thrusting them above .500 for the first time since April 6th.
The Philadelphia Phillies and their Ménage à trios pitching staff are running away with things in the NL East as they have the best record in MLB by far at 50-30 while the Atlanta Braves are second in the NL East at 45-35 and leading the NL Wild Card race. The Mets along with the Washington Nationals are now both one game above .500 at 40-39 and just 4.5 games back in the Wild Card race.
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Frankly, the success the Mets players and team is starting to have on the field is really screwing things up for Mets ownership. The Mets have been playing without Johan Santana, without David Wright, and without Ike Davis and there’s no way they could have possibly believed that they would be in this position with just 12 games to go until the All-Star break. The second half of this season was supposed to be one that brought prospects in return for trades of players such as Carlos Beltran, Jose Reyes and Francisco Rodriguez as the Mets fell out of the race, but someone apparently forgot to tell the guys in uniform that they weren’t supposed to win!
It will be interesting to see whom, if anyone gets traded if the Mets remain in contention for a playoff spot.
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