Manager Terry Collins insists on calling his Mets a “home run hitting team,’’ and he’s turning out to be right.
The Mets crushed six more homers – two from Neil Walker, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Lucas Duda and Curtis Granderson – to back six scoreless innings from spot starter Logan Verrett.
The Mets have hit a team-record 17 homers in their last five games, the length of this current road trip. The Mets always had the potential to hit for power, and now they are living up to it. Now, the Mets’ lineup is longer than any they’ve had in recent memory.
“[Power is] the way our club has been build,’’ Collins told reporters. “There’s no easy guy in that lineup. It’s tough on the opposition when they know they have to make quality pitch after quality pitch.’’
One guy not expected to hit for a lot of power was Walker, but six homers and 11 RBI in just a dozen games has more than made up for losing Daniel Murphy.
“Hitting is contagious,’’ said Walker, repeating one of baseball’s most enduring clichés. “It’s really great when things are flowing like that.’’
Walker’s six homers trail Bryce Harper by one. Both homers Tuesday came from the right side, which he attributes to getting rid of a toe tap.
“My approach from the right side is to simplify things,’’ said Walker, who still utilizes the toe tap from the left side.
METS GAME WRAP
Game: #13 Record: 7-6 Streak: W3
SUMMARY: Verrett threw six scoreless innings and the Mets crushed six homers. Pretty simple, actually.
KEY MOMENT: The Mets never trailed after Conforto’s two-run homer in the first.
THUMBS UP: Verrett continues to sparkle in spot start assignments. … Juan Lagares made a homer-robbing catch of Maikel Franco to end the eighth. … Mets hitters only struck out seven times.
THUMBS DOWN: Rafael Montero struggled, but the game was no longer in doubt. But, in a rout like tonight, that’s a reach.
EXTRA INNINGS: DeGrom is scheduled to start Sunday in Atlanta. … Travis d’Arnaud returned to the lineup. … A strong relief effort by Jim Henderson.
QUOTEBOOK: “He stepped up and gave us what we needed, which was big innings. It means a lot for us.’’ – Collins on Verrett’s start.
BY THE NUMBERS: 29: Homers by the Mets in their last 12 games in Philadelphia.
NEXT FOR METS: Bartolo Colon attempts to give the Mets a series sweep Wednesday night.
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