This is a TEAM!

I have been very hard on Terry Collins, Sandy Alderson and Curtis Granderson this year. I have asked if TC can manage a winning team, asked for MLB to investigate the Mets and Sandy, and called for Curtis to never play against LHP or leadoff a game for this team.  Well for my 7 loyal readers of this blog I am here to say I was wrong.  This TEAM is a TEAM.

TC has managed this TEAM through highs of highs and lows of lows.  Not once has this TEAM quit on TC this year. That says something.  He has not always made the right pitching move in game, put out the smartest lineup but this TEAM has not quit on him and now plays as if they would run through a wall for him.

Sandy went out and added TEAM players.  Yes Cespedes is flashy with his Mr. T chains hanging out, his bright yellow sleeve and his underhand throws, however he came here with a TEAM attitude.  He said he would play center field and has been solid on the field with no fan fair other than flash.  Uribe, Johnson and Clippard all came in, accepted their roles and added talent to this team.

Grandy has been a pro.  He has lead this TEAM by never giving up, never throwing hissy fits, nothing.  He has been everything that he was advertised in the clubhouse and community even if he hasn’t fully lived up on the field.  When you look at his numbers in the leadoff spot they have been very good and now that he has talent behind him he continues to flourish.

Last night in the 9th inning was when I realized I would be writing about this TEAM today.  The Mets gave up 4 runs to make the game 6-4.  Lagares, who has been relegated to the bench unless a lefty is pitching, came up to lead off.  He put the ball in play and was safe on an error.  The next batter was the before mentioned Grandy.  He hit what looked like a single that he stretched into a double with pure hustle.  While doing so he forced a throw that ended up skipping away from the Phillies and allowed Lagares to score.  Lagares never hesitated, watched the play the whole way and ended up scoring.  The Mets were up two runs and having 1st and 3rd with no outs would be huge, but because of hustle it ended up a run scoring double.  That is TEAM…. Next up was Cespedes.  He hit what was a sure standup double, scored Grandy and that would give the Mets a 4 run lead.  But nope, hustle lead him to a triple.  Now do you think Grandy’s hustle on the prior play motivated Cespedes to go 3 instead of an easy 2?  I do.  Again 9th inning hustle, which lead to a Murphy sac fly and a 9-4 easy victory.  This is a TEAM.

I have wrote the word TEAM in all caps today to invoke the notion that this Mets group is a TEAM.  There is no one player, no one goal besides winning.  This is a TEAM.  The Nationals will not catch the Mets because they are untalented, because they can’t hit, catch or run, no the Nationals won’t catch the Mets because they are not a TEAM.  Their big deadline move was a pitcher who wouldn’t come in and do what was needed, he would only CLOSE games.  Yeah that is not a TEAM player.  While the Nationals can have their “Me First” players, I will take the job Sandy did in putting together this TEAM…

Finally, Lets go METS!! I believe in this TEAM!

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Look Ahead, Playoffs, Dodgers?

The Mets are rolling again and with this pitching staff, the easiest schedule in MLB and the Nationals falling like the Chinese stock market the Mets are on pace to make the playoffs.  Yes there is a lot of baseball left to be played, but in these good times it is fun to look ahead to what could be an epic first two games of a playoff series.

Now that the Nationals are done playing the Dodgers, Mets fans should continue to look at the Dodgers as a potential first round matchup and work towards home field advantage.  As we have seen in the last 10-15 days Citi Field can be loud and rambunctious when meaningful games are taking place.  So now I look ahead at what could be a first round matchup, what could be an epic pitching battle.

Lets say all goes to plan and the Mets and Dodgers are the 2nd and 3rd teams for the playoffs.  The Cardinals get the WC winner and Mets will host the Dodgers.  Here is what not only Mets fans but baseball fans could be drooling about come October.

Game #1 – Harvey vs. Kershaw.  Since the all-star break Harvey is 3-1 with a 1.23 ERA.  Outstanding, however Kershaw is 4-0 with a 0.92 ERA.  Very Outstanding.  Now throw in that Kershaw has struggled in post season and Harvey loves the big stage, and epic is the word I can use to describe this.  If this game is at Citi Field they better check the structure for cracks as the stadium could come down.

Game #2 – DeGrom vs. Greinke.  Since the all-star break DeGrom is 2-0 with a 1.64 ERA.  Outstanding… Greinke is 4-0 with a 2.07 ERA.  Outstanding.  It is even better if you take away his one bad outing in the 2nd half so far.  Again if this game is at Citi Field it could be epic just like game #1.

I could go on about games #3 and #4.  How Noah is 2-2 with a 2.81 ERA and Neise is as good at 2-1 with a 2.93 ERA since the break. The Dodgers do not have another starter with an ERA under 4 besides Mike Bolsinger but lets be honest, he doesn’t stike fear into Mets fans.  Besides with Brett Anderson and Matt Latos being #3 and #4 on the depth chart we probably wouldn’t see Bolsinger.

Mets fans enjoy the ride we are on, but also take a moment to look ahead.  Its been an up and down year and we are up at the right time.  This year could be magical with this pitching staff.