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Mets Split Twin Bill With The Pirates As Megill Pitches Well Again And Diaz Shuts The Door By Rich Coutinho, The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com

After dropping Game 1 of the doubleheader with the Pirates The Mets gave the ball to Tylor Megill who once again gave Luis Rojas a good start while the Met offense did enough to win the nightcap fueled by Jeff McNeil and Pete Alonso.

McNeil doubled home Francisco Lindor and Dom Smith for a 2-0 lead in the first inning and then Pete Alonso crushed his 17th homer of the season–a 428 foot blast to make it 3-1 and later in the game Billy McKinney added an insurance run with an RBI single giving the Mets a 4-2 win after the Pirates beat the Met and Marcus Stroman in the opener.

For the third straight start, Megill mixed his mid 90’s fastball with a dynamite changeup to keep the hitters off balance and he now has 26 strikeouts in his first 4 games as a Met tying Dick Selma, Doc Gooden and Matt Harvey for the most in their first 4 stsrts a Met. Megill has given the Mets a much needed boost as both David Peterson and Joey Lucchesi are on the injured list while the team still waits on both Carlos Carrasco and Noah Syndergaard to return to the staff.

And then there is Edwin Diaz who earned his 19th save of the season striking out the side in overpowering fashion which I hope the All Star decision makers took notice of as Diaz not on the NL All Star team is a glaring and obvious mistake. This Met team continues to pitch well but with the offense starting to heat up it is downright scary what they could accomplish in the second half.

All season long the Mets have embodied this survive and advance mentality which has become their rallying cry. They have sat in the top spot in the NL East for over 60 days and when you consider all they have gone through with both injuries and weather cancellations that is downright mind boggling. Right now they sit at 47-39 going into the last game before the break and own a 4 game lead over the Braves, 4.5 over the Phils and are 6 games ahead of Nats. The loss column lead is even more staggering–5 over the Phils & Braves and 7 over the Nats.

They have accomplished that in the first half because NOTHING bothers this team–injury reports, rain outs or even huge deficits inside games. They are one of the greatest baseball stories we have seen in 2021 and as the weeks go by I can only think of one word to accurately describe it–MAGICAL. And that is a word that we have seen define this organization in past years like 1969 or 1986 just a name a few.

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