As the Mets unwind at the All-Star break and celebrate All-Star pitcher Jacob deGrom, let's take a look back at the highlights – and lowlights – of the first half of the season, from being no-hit to Steven Matz's historic debut.
High: Historic winning streak (4/12-4/23)
Nobody expected it, but the Mets were the hottest team in baseball in the first few weeks of the season. After losing two game in Atlanta to fall to 2-3, Bartolo Colon picked up his second win of the season in the series finale against the Braves. Returning home to New York, the Mets won 10 consecutive games at Citi Field, compiling a historic 11-game winnings streak that boosted their record to 14-4. It marked the first time since 1990 that the Mets had won 11 straight games, and they became the first team since 1991 to sweep a home stand of 10 or more games.
Getty ImagesJim McIsaac
Loss: No-hit at home by Heston (6/9)
Coming home from a 3-4 road trip, the Mets returned home confident that they could pick up a win with rookie Noah Syndergaard on the mound. That was hardly the case, though, as the Giants would throw a rookie of their own who would do spectacular things. In a dominant effort, Giants rookie Chris Heston no-hit the Mets at home, striking out 11 batters in a 110-pitch outing. Syndergaard, conversely, experienced a rough outing, giving up 10 hits and four earned runs. Heston's no-hitter was the seventh against the Mets in franchise history, and the first since 1993 by Darryl Kile.
Frank Franklin II
High: Colon does it all (5/31)
It's always a must-see affair when Bartolo Colon takes the mound, which he reminded Mets fans in a May 31 outing in which he did it all. Facing the Miami Marlins, Colon picked up his NL-leading eighth win after throwing seven innings and giving up three earned runs. While his performance on the mound was laudable, it was what Colon did at the plate that had fans on their feet. With the score tied, 1-1, in the second inning, Colon, who had recorded his first RBI in a decade earlier in the season, ripped an RBI double that proved crucial to the Mets' 4-3 win.
Getty ImagesAl Bello
Low: The Chicago Cubs
One can only imagine what the Mets' record would look like if they hadn't played the Cubs in the first half. Chicago not only swept the Mets in the seven games they played against each other, but did so in overwhelming fashion. In a four-game series in Chicago and a three-game series in New York, the Mets were outscored by the Cubbies by a margin of 34-11, averaging a mere 1.6 runs per game against Joe Maddon's club. Only one other team blanked the Mets in the first half: the Pittsburgh Pirates, another NL Central team.
APCharles Rex Arbogast
High: DeGrom is nearly perfect (6/1)
DeGrominance is in full swing in 2015. The reigning NL Rookie of the Year has had so many terrific outings this season that it's difficult to pinpoint one particular start, but he was trending toward a historic outing in June. DeGrom struck out the side to begin the game, and never looked back, remaining perfect through five innings. The 27-year-old righty eventually surrendered a hit in the sixth inning, but continued his dominance through eight innings, allowing only two hits and no earned runs while striking out eight and walking none.
Getty ImagesDenis Poroy
Low: The six-man rotation
There's nothing inherently wrong with implementing an unorthodox six-man rotation. What has caused plenty of complications for the Mets this season as they've enacted, revoked, and reenacted the six-man starter staff is the way in which they've handled it. As a result, Mets pitchers have not reacted favorably to the format. The most notable calamity of the six-man rotation is Dillon Gee, who was originally part of the six-man rotation, was officially sent to the bullpen, then asked to make a spot start, and when he faltered in that spot start, was designated for assignment. That's hardly an ideal environment. Additionally, ace Matt Harvey has been vocal about his displeasure with the layout of the rotation due to the disruption of his routine.
Getty ImagesDenis Poroy
High: Matz's record debut (6/28)
Hyped as the best pitching prospect in the Mets' organization, Steven Matz did not disappoint in his much-anticipated major-league debut. In fact, he did it all. In addition to lasting 7 2/3 innings, in which he allowed five hits and two earned runs and struck out six Reds batters, Matz put on a show at the plate, knocking in four RBI while going 3 for 3. Picking up a memorable first major-league win, the lefty became the first player in franchise history, at any position, to drive in four runs in his first major-league game.