New York Mets

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 30: Starling Marte #6 of the New York Mets celebrates after hitting a 2-run home run to left field in the second inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field on May 30, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

If Memorial Day is one of the checkpoints on the Major League Baseball calendar then the Mets runaway victory over the Washington Nationals serves as a metaphor for the NL East at this juncture. The Mets are running away with it.

After falling behind 3-0 in the top of the first inning, the Mets grinded out 12 runs over the ensuing four innings to blow the game wide open before the fifth inning ever began.

Starling Marte and Nick Plummer had the biggest nights with both hitters going 3-for-4 with four RBI. Marte hit a mammoth two-run homer in the bottom of the second inning that gave the Mets a 6-3 lead. He also had a two-run single in the bottom of the third inning to push the Mets up to an 8-3 lead.

Plummer, who won hearts and minds on Sunday night with his first major league homer, drove in a run on a double in the second inning that tied the game at three, setting the stage for the Mets’ rally.

In the bottom of the fourth inning, Plummer crushed a three-run homer to the left-center to push the Mets lead to 12-3.

Francisco Lindor also had a big night with three hits and two RBI. Matt Canaha had a pair of hits and three runs scored. Pete Alonso hit a solo home run to center in the eighth to close out the scoring.

The Mets currently enjoy the widest margin of any team in the Major’s that leads its division. New York leads Atlanta by 9.5 games. Philadelphia is the next closest team at 11.5 games behind. At 33-17 and with the calendar flipping to June, it feels like the Mets are running away with it.