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.