As July gets underway and the Mets try to forget the sour note their June ended on -- a 13-2 loss to the Nationals on Sunday -- it's the highlights of the month that stand out. Matt Harvey continued to build his Cy Young resume. Top pitching prospect Zack Wheeler made his Major League debut. The young, promising talent proved to be just that.
The Mets had won nine of 14 entering Sunday to cap a June that stands out as the team's best month of the season. On Monday they try to start July on the right foot against a D-backs team whose June was just another strong month for a division leader.
Arizona seems to be an obvious buyer in the month or so until the Trade Deadline. In a competitive National League West that features the defending World Series champion Giants, the D-backs will likely search for some additional bats to accompany their young core as they battle for a playoff spot. The Mets may be caught toward the bottom of their division, but manager Terry Collins insists the final months of the season will still be exciting.
"For sure with three months left, we want to play better than we did the last two years," Collins said. "The last couple years, we lost some players due to some deals the second half of the season. Right now, I think we're on the other side, and we're going to try to add some things and energy to the club. I think that's what those young players bring."
Monday can be the start of that stretch and a continuation of what has gone right to put the Mets in position for an intriguing finish. New York sends veteran Shaun Marcum and his 5.08 ERA to the hill, but he's coming off his first win of the season after tossing eight scoreless innings against the White Sox on Wednesday.
Arizona counters with one of its young arms, Wade Miley, who's stumbled to a 4-7 record and 4.55 ERA after a strong rookie campaign a year ago, but has still helped the D-backs to the top of their division.
D-backs: Doubled up
Paul Goldschmidt grounded into a pair of double plays in Arizona's 6-2 loss to the Braves on Sunday, and both times a run scored.
The first baseman hadn't grounded into a double play since June 16 and had only grounded into 11 all year, but rolled into two scoring ones on Sunday. Because no RBI is awarded on a double play, the D-backs scored twice on Sunday without recording an RBI and Goldschmidt is now RBI-less in four straight games. He also hasn't had an extra-base hit during that stretch.
Mets: Satin's streaking
Josh Satin has reached base safely in 11 straight games and hit safely in six in a row. The first baseman went 2-for-4 on Sunday and smacked a double in the ninth inning, his fourth of the year, before scoring on a home run by catcher John Buck. Satin is batting .375 this season in 14 games since being called up from Triple-A Las Vegas.
Satin has New York's longest active hitting streak. Outfielder Eric Young Jr. had an eight-game streak snapped with an 0-for-4 on Sunday.
• Current Mets have a total of only 24 at-bats against Miley. The highest batting average against him? Harvey is a perfect 2-for-2. Buck has the highest average of any regular at .500.
• Young's father Eric Young was the first-base coach for Arizona from 2010-12. At the time, Young was an outfielder for the division-rival Rockies.
• Entering the final inning of the final game in June, Buck had just two RBIs in the entire month. With one swing of the bat, a two-run home run, the catcher doubled that total to give him 39 on the season and his 13th home run. Nine of those home runs and 25 of those RBIs came in April.
David Wilson is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.