NEW YORK — Traditionally, Memorial Day is a time for teams to take stock. The Mets have currently played 50 games, almost a third of a season. That is a sample size large enough to draw conclusions, if not conclusions.
• Inference #1: The Mets are a good team.
• Inference #2: The Mets can be a very, very good team.
It’s too early to know for sure the second part, but the Mets continue to provide evidence. Their 13-5 win over the Nationals on Monday-evening at Citi Field, which improved their record to 33-17, was thorough enough to be effectively over in the third inning. At that time, the top three batters in the New York lineup were 8-for-8 with a homerun, walk, four RBI’s and five runs scored. The rest of the night was just icing on the cake.
Highlights included Starling Marte’s two-run home run to cap off a four-run rally to Erick Fedde in the second, Francisco Lindor’s three hits in the first three innings, and the night of budding cult hero Nick Plummer taking a hit. triple backlog ends the cycle. The Mets had 16 hits as a team, with five of their nine batters reaching base safely at least three times.