Are You Ready To Drink The Kool-Aid Again? I Am…

By Paul DiSclafani:

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  • Wins in six of their last seven including three straight
  • Two-and-a-half games out of a Wild Card spot (three games in the loss column)
  • Home runs coming in bunches
  • Cespedes hitting moon shots
  • 33 games left
  • The team directly above us in the standings, the Marlins, coming into town for four games on Monday

And all this without Jacob DeGrom, Matt Harvey and Steven Matz?

Before the season started, most Mets fans were looking at the September schedule and trying to determine what home game might be the clincher for another National League East banner.  If everything went as planned, we were looking at the last home stand of the year, a 10-game home stand starting September 16th with games against the Twins, Braves and Phillies.  Surely one of them we would be able to sneak in a bottle of bubbly for, right?

Talk about meaningful games in September.

Although the Mets haven’t loss sight of the NL East leading Nationals (their lead is down to single digits), the focus has shifted to the Wild-Card.  Not a bad door prize at all, but the “one-and-done” nature of the Wild-Card game for the team that represented the National League in the World Series last year may feel disappointing, but just a few weeks ago there didn’t even seem to be much hope for that.

The starting pitching has been ravished to the point that the Mets will be running out Robert Gsellman, Rafael Montero and possibly Seth Lugo for their next three games.  The three have a combined 11 major league starts.  Montero, who had two starts earlier in the season with the Mets, was sent down to AAA and then down to AA before being called up for his Monday start against Marlins Ace Jose Fernandez (sheesh).

And if you didn’t know, Cespedes (quad) and Cabrera (back) are out of the lineup today in the series finale with the Phillies.

So why should we be drinking the Kool-Aid and thinking these last 33 games will be meaningful and not just a tease?

For the same reason Hillary Clinton should be fearing Donald Trump.  He just won’t go away.  He’s like a gnat or a mosquito – you can shoo them away and try to avoid them, but they keep coming back and finding you.  And when you finally let down your guard, you get bit.

As much as the media and her supporters believe he is completely unfit to be president, she can’t pull away.  It’s not like the polls show her up 80% to 20%, you know.

For all their injuries to key players (and there isn’t a column long enough to list them all), for all their warts and inconsistencies and failures to hit with runners in scoring position.  For all the games against really bad teams that they should have won.  For all the talk about firing the manager or about how the players have no life and just don’t seem to care.  It’s really quite simple.

  • Wins in six of their last seven including three straight
  • Two-and-a-half games out of a Wild Card spot (three games in the loss column)
  • Home runs coming in bunches
  • Cespedes hitting moon shots.
  • 33 games left.
  • The team directly above us in the standings, the Marlins, coming into town for four games on Monday.

Make mine a double, with lot’s of ice.  I’m not ready to start paying attention to the JETS and GIANTS.  September is reserved for a Pennant Race.

Paul DiSclafani is a featured author at “A View From the Bench”, an official affiliate of MLB.com.  “A View from the Bench” is recognized in the Top 100 of MLB.com/blogs.

 

 

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