Bartolo's got plenty to smile about.
The aging Mets pitcher broke a personal 6 game losing streak last night, pitching 8 really strong innings against the Marlins in a 12-1 rout by the Mets. It was all so beautiful.
The #1 hitting prospect in the organization, Michael Conforto, hit his first career big-league home run last night to get it all started. After his three run blast in the 2nd inning, things only got better.
Yoenis Cespedes clobbered the ball all night, notching three doubles and 4 RBIs, twice missing home runs by about four feet combined. Travis d'Arnaud collected 2 hits. Daniel Murphy played some awesome defense at third base, robbing speedster Dee Gordon of base hits on multiple occasions. Even Colon got a hit!
I take back what I said in the title - the Mets didn't steal first place from the Nationals last night. They seized it. And they earned it.
They're playing some of the best baseball in the league right now, and no one could deny that.