The Mets winning streak now stands at seven games, and Thursday afternoon's effort against the White Sox was another complete team winning, featuring dominant pitching, timely hitting, and excellent defense as well.
As was the case in all three games of the Mets' sweep of the White Sox, the tone was set on the mound. Zack Wheeler followed up brilliant starts from Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom with a gem of his own, needing just 88 pitches to cruise through seven innings, striking out seven and allowing just four hits.
"That was probably one of the better games that I've ever seen him pitch," Mickey Callaway said after the game. "Relaxed, fluid, just executed pitch after pitch, not overthrowing at all. Going that deep in the game, it felt like he did his job at that point."
Wheeler said on Wednesday that he was happy to have all of the trade deadline drama behind him, and after Thursday's game he explained that his mindset never changes when he takes the mound.
"I go out there every time just trying to win a ballgame and keep zeros on the board," Wheeler said.
"Pitching's clicking, hitting's clicking. The guys out there in the field made some amazing plays … Everything's clicking right and we're just rolling."
One of those 'amazing' plays came courtesy of Jeff McNeil in the bottom of the fifth inning. Eloy Jimenez lifted a ball down the right field line, and McNeil made a full-speed grab, crashing into the netting that extends all the way to the foul pole at Guaranteed Rate Field.
"I knew the net was there, and I knew it was going to be really close," McNeil said. "Best-case scenario there was to jump into the net and kind of use it to my protection.
"It was kind of fun."
Offensively, Robinson Cano lead the way early for the Mets. His solo home run in the second inning to the opposite field put the Mets on the board and gave Wheeler an early lead.
"It's great because it's the second inning, you've got Wheeler on the mound, you always want to score for your starter and be able to score early after winning the first two games," Cano said. "That's something that as a player, as team, you want to score early when you have a guy like Wheeler on the mound."
Up next, the Mets head to Pittsburgh for a three-game set with the Pirates, a team they swept last weekend as part of this current seven-game run.