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New York Mets Series Preview: Time To Sweep The Phillies Under The Rug

Keys to a Series Win

Keep the Swings Coming

Seriously, New York: Stay aggressive and keep swinging the bats.

That’s all it takes.

The Mets scored 17 runs in their series with Cleveland this past weekend. They arrived at Cleveland having scored just 20 runs all season.

Since then they’ve averaged 5.7 runs after stumbling and bumbling through their first homestand.

On Friday they mashed four home runs, doubling their season total up until that game in a 6-5 victory.

On Sunday the Mets offense continued to pound, clobbering Corey Kluber for six runs before the Cy Young Award winner could record his sixth out of the game.

Keep it up.

Efficient Pitching

Of course, what’s the use of good offense without any equally great pitching?

Great pitching is something the Mets can certainly provide, and should certainly provide.

The Mets’ series starters need to stay efficient, going at least six innings in every game. New York’s bullpen is taxed. They need a break, or at the very least, less pressure.

There’s no doubt Thor will get the job done, and the ageless, unshakeable Bartolo is about as consistent as they come. Verrett is the only question mark here. Still, he’s capable of making quick work with the baseball, as he showed last week.

Jeremy Fialkow was born and raised in Miami, FLA, but currently studies at the University of Maryland. When he's not studying hard, he can be found supporting his sometimes hopeless NY teams: Knicks, Mets, Jets, and Isles. Your sympathy is appreciated.