Meaningful games in September has taken a new meaning for Mets fans this year. In years past it has meant broken promises. It has meant one more failed season. It was another year the Wilpons and general manager Sandy Alderson just could not get the job done.
In 2015, the New York Mets, the team that shocked the baseball world with an 11-game win streak in April and staked a claim to the NL East, is showing their fans just what “meaningful games” in September really means.
Since 2006, Mets fans have dreamed about the playoffs. Since that final out that left Carlos Beltran standing at the plate with the bat in his shoulder, the fan base has stood by in hopes of a repeat playoff caliber season. It has not happened.
Back to back season collapses in 2007 and 2008 has left a bitter taste in the mouths of Mets fans. The Mets enter September 6.5 games up on the Nationals. They are holding tightly to first place in hopes of reaching the playoffs.
Meaningful games in September means heart attack baseball season. It is a time Mets fans have been groomed for since the inception of this organization. Two collapses causes fans to be cautiously optimistic. They will watch these games with one eye open and a bottle of Tums next to them.
With a shaky bullpen and a tired rotation, it is the offense that will need to keep the team afloat. This month will define manager Terry Collins. Is he up to this new challenge? Is he up to the pressure? Tuesday night’s game left Mets fans worried Collins is not up for this.
The 2015 season is going to go down to the very last out of the very last game. This month, September, all pitches count. All plays count. Every swing of the bat counts.
September baseball leads to October baseball. In September, all games matter.