The 2024 campaign has been a trying one for the New York Mets, but out of nowhere, things suddenly took a turn, as they ripped off a seven-game win streak in the immediate aftermath of McDonald's mascot Grimace throwing out the first pitch on June 12th in a game against the Miami Marlins. And after the first loss in the Grimace era, fans were understandably upset on social media.

The Mets couldn't continue their winning ways on Wednesday night, as they suffered a 5-3 loss at the hands of the Texas Rangers, snapping their seven-game win streak and pushing their record to 35-38. With the added humor of Grimace involved, fans quickly took to social media to lament the end of the Grimace era now that the team's hilarious win streak has come to an end.

Mets hoping loss to Rangers just a temporary obstacle they can overcome

New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) celebrates with New York Mets right fielder Starling Marte (6) after hitting a two-run home run during the sixth inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Field.
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The Grimace jokes have added a fun twist to what has been a pretty tough season for New York. After their recent talent exodus over the past year or so, there weren't many expectations surrounding this team in 2024. And unsurprisingly, they have struggled, which is much to the irritation of fans who are frustrated that this team has been unable to win with all the talent they have at their disposal.

But this recent win streak has proven that when they play their best baseball, the Mets are more than capable of ripping off wins against whoever their opponent is. Sure, beating the Marlins isn't exactly a huge accomplishment, but sweeping the San Diego Padres and taking two of three games over the defending World Series champs is something worth getting excited about.

Surprisingly enough, this recent win streak has resulted in the Mets pushing themselves back into the packed National League Wild Card race for the time being, as they are just a game behind the St. Louis Cardinals and Washington Nationals in the standings. The only problem is that aside from the Colorado Rockies and the Marlins, every other team in the NL is within 1.5 games of the Cards and Nats right now, so that deficit doesn't really mean much.

Still, maybe this could be the momentum swing that the Mets needed to go on a run up the standings in the National League. There's not much separating any of the Wild Card teams right now, so if New York can bounce back from their recent loss and get back to their winning ways, they could continue to race up the standings.

It's a shame that the Grimace-inspired win streak has come to an end, but the good news is that New York has a great opportunity to start a new win streak when they take the field again on Friday afternoon. And if the Mets somehow end up in the playoffs this year, you can bet they will owe much of their success to Grimace for completely changing the tenor of their season.