One month ago, the Mets were 7.5 games out of first place, besieged by daily queries regarding the manager's future and generally directionless.
After beating the Reds 10-8 last night to the start the second half, the Mets are now tied for first and riding a 10-game winning streak.
Being tied for first is great but the more significant accomplishment: this winning streak and climb back to the top helps eliminate much of the sting from last September's plunge. Of course, the only true antidote is a pennant.
But at least now we're seeing more of what made the 2006 Mets special: two-out rallies, solid relief pitching and David Wright and Jose Reyes living up to their reputations.
How weird is all this? In July, Delgado is hitting .403 with 4 homer runs and 10 RBI's. In June, most of us thought Carlos would be released or retire before the summer was over.
Tonight, John Maine goes against Bronson Arroyo. Meanwhile, the Phillies send Moyer out to contend with the Marlins. It's going to be a fun race to the finish.