Friday morning the New York Mets were the best team in baseball with an 11-3 record. They had an 11-game winning streak helping them create a perfect home stand. It was a historic. Everything to be proud of. Nobody thought the team would have the start they had.
There was a lot of hope and pride going into the Subway Series. With Jacob deGrom kicking off the series and Matt Harvey today, there was little doubt the Mets could beat the New York Yankees. They are a powerful one-two punch for any team to beat. Unfortunately, fate had other plans.
With deGrom on the mound Friday night, the Mets winning streak stopped at 11. There was no victory to be had in the Bronx except for the Yankees.
The young pitcher just did not have it in him to give his team a chance. Everything he threw was right down Broadway allowing six earned runs in five innings. Mark Teixeira homered twice against deGrom. Jacoby Ellsbury joined him in knocking a ball out. The Mets offense were no better. In other words, they were nowhere to be seen. All they could muster were five hits and one run against Yankees pitcher, Michael Pineda. The starter went 7.1 innings with seven strikeouts.
The highlights of the night appeared to be the Mets bullpen who were strong upon deGrom’s exit allowing zero runs in three innings of work. Brett Gardner lined a single to right center. When he tried to be greedy going for a double, he was humbled as Curtis Granderson threw him out at second.
In years past, Mets fans would have been discouraged by this. In 2015, the Mets fan base is holding stronger than ever to the belief that this team is something they have not seen in years. One loss will not kill their faith. One loss to a team that means nothing to their playoff chances, will not rip apart what has been planted in them. This is a strong and collective fan base. One game, one loss will not crush the spirits of the orange and blue faithful.
You would be hard pressed to find a reason for this fan base not to be happy with their team. Despite the loss to the evil empire in the Bronx, the Mets are still the best team in major league baseball with their 13-4 record.
With the best record title still in place, Mets’ ace Matt Harvey goes to the mound on Saturday. It is Harvey versus CC Sabathia. It is 3-0 versus 0-3. This is where the new streak begins. Win streaks do not last forever. They just start anew. The Mets will kick into high gear with their ace on the mound. The Dark Knight will rise.