Here come the Mets!
It might have taken awhile, and certainly there have been some frustrations along the way, but the Mets have finally found themselves.
They have dealt with injuries to stars like David Wright and Matt Harvey. They lost their cleanup hitter in Lucas Duda. They also did not get their expected boost to the rotation with the return of Zack Wheeler. They have dealt with some strange managerial decisions by Terry Collins in the dugout which has cost the team a game or two along the way. Let's not forget the Collins meltdown following a loss as he looked to inspire his team and get them out of their slumber.
We have not even gotten into Yoenis Cespedes and the drama and production that he brings with him. Quad injury and all he continues to show that New York brings the best out of him, which is a characteristic that Mets brass should run to instead of run from.
With all that, here they are about to give this city along with Gary Sanchez and the Yankees some September baseball to watch.
I did not think that was going to be the case when the Mets were scuffling along. It seemed like we were heading to the inevitable conversation of what went wrong and the future of manager Terry Collins.
But here we are, the Mets are surging at the right time of the year. They are 6-1 in their last seven games and have scored 49 runs in those six victories. Their offense is surging with the return of Cabrera and Cespedes from the DL and their is no question the impact that Jose Reyes has had at the top of the order. In other words, the Mets seem to be coming together at the right time of the season and a very easy September schedule of opponents awaits.
Sure, they have benefited from the very fact that it is a lackluster Wild Card race in the National League and when the Mets were struggling with injuries and performance, nobody separated themselves for the second Wild Card spot. If this was a year ago, we would not be having this discussion. It is not and every year in baseball is a little bit different.
Every journey and path is different for a playoff team. Some are easier than others. There is no question that the Mets have taken the road less traveled but they are here nonetheless. Maybe that will make September that much sweeter. The offense is starting to click and we all know how Cespedes can carry this team when he starts to get going and if Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom can find consistency is September, they will be a difficult team to deny. I know there are some 'ifs' moving forward but the very fact we are having this conversation is pretty amazing from where this team was a few short weeks ago. It is staring to feel like last year again.
The Mets are starting to give everyone reasons to 'Believe.'