Richard Hidalgo; Photo: Kathy Willens/AP

With their 6-1 victory yesterday (box score), the Mets swept the Detroit Tigers in their interleague series. New Met, Richard Hidalgo hit his first home run since joining the team on Friday and broke his 0-8 streak since then. If this new Mets lineup is plays as well as it should and the pitching holds up, the Mets have a chance to win the dismal NL East. With less than half the season left, and the Mets still have a chance, something they couldn't say in previous years.

The win Sunday, their 6th in 7 games, returned the Mets to .500, a mark they have struggled to maintain. Staying at .500 might be a challenge for the Mets (no matter how good the lineup and the pitching are) as they will play several teams that are in contention for the next month - the Reds, Yankees (who they were 0-6 against last year), Phillies, and Marlins.

The Reds are in town tomorrow for a 3-game series that will feature the newest member of the 500-home run club, Ken Griffey Jr. Griffey is the 20th player to reach 500 home runs and the 6th youngest player to do so. Once thought to be on a path to break Hank Aaron's record of 755 home runs, Griffey has be hobbled by injuries since being traded to the Reds from the Mariners.