Few expected the New York Mets to be near the top of the NL East standings in July.
Proving those doubters wrong, the Mets have a chance to move into a first-place tie with the Philadelphia Phillies in the finale of a four-game series at Citizens Bank Park.
New York has won seven of its last nine games. After sweeping a three-game series from the New York Yankees, the Mets have won two of their first three in Philadelphia—closing within a game of the division-leading Phillies.
“It’s where we want to be,” Mets manager Art Howe said.
New York, which has finished last in the NL East in each of the past two seasons, has won five of its six games at the new Citizens Bank Park this season.
“Right now we’re swinging the bats well,” said Cameron, who played his second game after missing five with a sore left knee and groin. “Guys are starting to put it together.”
“Whatever it is, it’s contagious,” Howe said. “Everyone is swinging great.”
The Phillies had won three straight before dropping their last two to the Mets. They have scored just one run in each of their past two games.
Pat Burrell hit a solo homer to give Philadelphia its only run Wednesday. Burrell has 23 career homers against the Mets, his most against any team.