The Mets enter the second half of the season with a 3.5-game lead in the NL East over the Phillies. They have dealt with up to 18 players on the IL at once, but Luis Rojas has navigated this team to a 47-40 record. Their schedule in the second half certainly favors them, but the Mets will need to see their offense improve and hope their pitching staff continues to pitch as well as they have.
To look ahead to the second half — and look back at Pete Alonso’s Home Run Derby win — we bring you a new episode of the “Amazin’ But True” podcast with Nelson Figueroa and me.
Amazin’ But True Podcast with Jake & Figgie:
- BLACK JERSEYS: The black jerseys return July 30. Figgie explains why they were cool to wear when he was on the team. They wore them at a time team was on cusp of winning when he was there.
- SECOND HALF: Forty-five of final 75 games for Mets against teams .500 or worse. This is a big chance for them to win the division. J.D. Davis returns to the lineup Friday. They could use another pitcher and another bat before the trade deadline.
- ALONSO/ALL STAR GAME: Pete Alonso was incredible to watch win another Home Run Derby. Has made more money winning two derbys than over his three MLB seasons. All-Star Game is not what it used to be. Should Jacob deGrom have gone to Colorado and pitched in it?
Nelson Figueroa Spanish Academy: Figgie teaches me and Sarah McCrory how to say “polar bear,” “home run derby” and “second half” in Spanish.
Five with Figgie: Figgie talks about why he considers himself a Met over other teams and tells the story of them trading him at beginning of his career to the Diamondbacks.
Catch up on all episodes of “Amazin’ But True,” a New York Mets podcast, by subscribing to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts. Follow Jake Brown on Twitter and Instagram @JakeBrownRadio and Nelson Figueroa @FiggieNY. New episodes are every Monday and Thursday.
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