Mets move into first place

June, 24, 2010
6/24/10
5:23
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Amazin'.

The Mets are in first. By virtue of the Braves' loss Thursday afternoon to the White Sox, the Mets (41-30) are two percentage points up on Atlanta (42-31) at the top of the NL East, capping an unbelievable turnaround that began on May 22. On May 21, the Mets bottomed out in the NL East basement, a season-worst seven games out of the top spot after losing to Javy Vazquez and the Yankees at Citi.

Heading into Thursday night's game, the Mets have been the best team in baseball for a month. They are 21-7 (.750) in that span.

The last time the Mets were in first was May 1. After they climbed to 14-10, they played some of their worst baseball of the season, losing 13 of their next 19 before starting their current streak.
Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Daniel Murphy
BA HR RBI R
.301 9 53 73
OTHER LEADERS
HRL. Duda 26
RBIL. Duda 76
RD. Murphy 73
OPSL. Duda .824
WB. Colon 12
ERAZ. Wheeler 3.45
SOZ. Wheeler 163