The Las Vegas 51s have been, pardon the pun, out of this world this season. The New York Mets' affiliate has the best record (51-36) in the Pacific Coast League despite a slew of injuries and players moving back and forth between Nevada and Queens.
Las Vegas arrives in Albuquerque on Friday at 6:05 p.m. for the first of four games to be played over three days. There will be a split doubleheader Saturday with games at noon and 7:05 p.m., followed by a 6:05 p.m. finale on Sunday.
Despite now being division rivals, this will be the first meeting of the season between the 51s and Isotopes. Albuquerque (39-48) enters the series 12 games back in the Pacific South, where Las Vegas' 9.5-game lead on El Paso is as big as the gaps between first and last place in two of the other divisions.
The 51s have seized first place between a bruising offensive attack. Las Vegas leads the league in on-base percentage (.374), slugging (.465), runs (556), home runs (108) and walks (410).
Pitching has been a bit more average, with the 51s ranking ninth in ERA (4.56), fourth in strikeouts (691) and seventh (313) in walks allowed. The 51s staff has allowed the fourth fewest home runs (70).
Scroll down for a more in-depth look at Las Vegas this season. The 51s are managed by former Met Wally Backman.