NEW YORK — Traditionally, Memorial Day is a time for teams to take stock of themselves. The Mets have played 50 games at this point, nearly one-third of a season. That’s a large enough sample size to draw some inferences, if not yet conclusions.
• Inference No. 1: The Mets are a good team.
• Inference No. 2: The Mets may be a really, really good team.
It’s too early to know the second part for certain, but the Mets continue providing 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 thorough enough to be effectively over by the third inning. At that point, the top three hitters in New York’s lineup were 8-for-8 with a home run, a walk, four RBIs and five runs scored. The rest of the night was merely icing.
Among the highlights were Starling Marte’s two-run homer to cap a four-run rally off Erick Fedde in the second, Francisco Lindor’s three hits in the first three innings and burgeoning cult hero Nick Plummer’s night ending a triple shy of the cycle. The Mets as a team rapped out 16 hits, with five of their nine hitters reaching base safely at least three times.