Three Strikes: Unlikely power sources fuel Mets; Story makes his case

Report: Mets pitcher Matt Harvey considering season-ending surgery
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Report: Mets pitcher Matt Harvey considering season-ending surgery
Jeremy Fuchs
Friday July 8th, 2016

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Three things that stood out from the night in baseball on Thursday:

Reyes Return

That Jose Reyes, Wilmer Flores and Asdrubal Cabrera were able to power the Mets to a 9–7 win over the Nationals speaks to two things: that the Mets are in desperate need of offense; and two, that they’ll take it wherever it comes. 

Reyes is 4 for 17 on the year, hitting his first home run of the season on Thursday. Flores, batting .259, is on a hot streak. He has five homers in his last five games, including a three-run shot in Thursday’s win. Cabrera might be the Mets’ most consistent player—and he’s batting .266.

• Thoracic outlet syndrome, and what it means for Matt Harvey and the Mets

The Mets, still three games back of the Nats but safely in the wild-card hunt, will need unlikely sources like Reyes and Flores to keep them humming toward October. With the uncertainty around Matt Harvey, and the overall inconsistency of the pitching staff, the Mets are going to need to invert the formula that brought them to the World Series last year. Instead of pitching, pitching, pitching, it’s going to have to be timely hitting from every player on the roster.

The career .160 hitter is the first relief pitcher in five years to have two hits in a game. 

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