NEW YORK — Traditionally, Memorial Day is a time when teams take stock of themselves. The Mets have played 50 games at this point, nearly a third of a season. That’s a large enough sample size to draw conclusions, if not conclusions.
• Inference #1: The Mets are a good team.
• Inference #2: The Mets may be a very, very good team.
It’s too early to know for sure about the second part, but the Mets continue to provide evidence to that end. Their 13-5 win over the Nationals on Monday night at Citi Field, which improved their record to 33-17, was deep enough to be effectively overtaken in the third inning. At that time, the top three hitters in New York’s roster were 8-for-8 with one home run, one walk, four RBIs and five runs scored. The rest of the night was just icing.
Highlights included Starling Marte’s two-run homer to cap a four-run rally against Erick Fedde in second, Francisco Lindor’s three hits in the first three innings and the night of rising cult hero Nick Plummer ending a shy triple of the cycle. The Mets as a team hit 16 hits, with five of their nine hitters reaching base safely at least three times.