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3 things the Mets learned on the 6-1 homestand

Given two-plus weeks to fatten up against some of the Majors’ worst teams, the Mets took a long and winding road back to .500. In winning a 4-3 game over the Tigers on Sunday, New York finished 9-6 over what will likely be its easiest patch of schedule this season: 15 consecutive games against sub-.500 teams.

Within that stretch, the Mets lost five straight in Washington and Miami, before rebounding for six victories in seven contests against the Nationals and Tigers at Citi Field. They’ll take it. When Edwin Díaz’s final pitch — perhaps a bit off the outside corner — buzzed in for a called strike to end Sunday’s game, the Mets found themselves at .500 for the first time since May 14. They haven’t been above that mark since May 2.

“You win series, you’re going to make the playoffs at the very least,” third baseman Todd Frazier said.

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