For an organization who has thrived on slogans like “Ya Gotta Believe”, “Miracle Mets” and “Mets Magic”, it isn’t hard to see why they are on this amazing streak they’re on. Dealing with injury after injury and then set backs to the injured, this team should be done. Playoff contention? No way! They should be making golf schedules. Instead, this team seems to be clicking on all cylinders. Instead of falling apart, they seem to have found their way.
Rejuvenated thirdbaseman Jose Reyes says the team is just doing all the right things at the right time:
“I think we do, we do every little thing. You know. We’re running with scorers in running position. We’re getting the big hits. We’re playing together as a team. That’s the key for us lately.”
These new Miracle Mets may have found new life with the influx of kids, but the veterans have made it loud and clear they are not done yet. They are here to contribute and in big ways. Consider it inspiration for the young padawans.
As you watch this team play the game, you can see just how right Reyes is. Curtis Granderson has been struggling for a good chunk of the season. Now he is among the hottest bats. He has four home runs since Friday. His slash line in the past seven games .286/.407/.905.
Other run contributors were Yoenis Cespedes, who Mets fans should really appreciate while they still have him, Reyes and Alejandro De Aza. Each hit a home run tonight to propel the Mets to 5-3 win against the Cincinnati Reds.
When asked about this incredible run the team is on, Cespedes told reporters:
“The way this team is playing right now is like last year’s team. Last year was one of the most beautiful experiences I’ve ever lived through.”
You have to give manager Terry Collins some credit. Without his top talent, he has still been able to keep this team going. He has been able to work with a lineup that always keeps the fans second guessing. This is what makes this run even more amazing. They are winning games without their core group of players. At least half of the opening day roster is on or has been on the disabled list this season.
The starting rotation who was supposed to dominate for years to come has been decimated by injuries. Matt Harvey is out for the year. Nobody knows his fate for next year. Steven Matz and Jacob deGrom are down with shoulder issues. Noah Syndergaard and Bartolo Colon are the lone wolves keeping the rotation intact, that is until the latest crop of young talent from the minors were summoned to the majors like Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman.
Tuesday (9-6) night, Rafael Montero appeared to be struggling against the Reds walking four in 4 1/3 innings. Despite the walks, Collins is still impressed with what he has seen.
“I think he’s probably working really hard to stay out of the middle of the plate, so he’s pitching to the edges and just missing.”
“But I’ll tell you, I’m still very impressed with the way he’s throwing. This is not the same guy I’ve seen up here. He’s a much better pitcher.”
There are at least two other teams vying for the last National League wildcard spot. The St. Louis Cardinals are holding onto that spot for now. The Pittsburgh Pirates appear to be in free fall losing eight straight games, leaving the Mets to possibly be the only competition the Cardinals to be concerned with. If the Mets are worried about the other teams, they are not showing it. According to Reyes, they are just worried about themselves and “getting some wins”.
With Cardinals defeating the Pirates Tuesday (9-6) night, the Mets remain one game out of the wildcard. They go for the sweep tomorrow afternoon and get a much deserved rest on Thursday (9-8).