Hello fellow Mets fans, unfortunately Nashville was hit with a storm on Friday night and I’ve had no access to technology until today (shout out to Comcast). But the Mets didn’t seem to have a great weekend either which I’d like to recap in the following post.
After the way this past weekend’s series against the Washington Nationals started on Thursday night, you figured the Mets had taken early control of this series and weren’t going to back down. Unfortunately running into a red-hot Stephen Strasburg on Friday night, and two key injuries to Yoenis Cespedes and Noah Syndergaard, seemed to halt all the momentum the Mets had built up the night before. We also have heard the Daniel Murphy story on repeat all weekend as he is handing it to his former team at a historic pace.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Daniel Murphy’s 21 RBIs against the Mets this season is the most in 56 years by any player against a team he played for the previous season. Murphy not only is by and far one of the best hitters in the league this season, but he is making sure that the Mets regret their decision to let him walk in the offseason every time he sees them this season. Maybe the Mets should take their previous advice about letting him walk, and start intentionally walking him. He has become a one-man wrecking crew and it is going to be a tough pill to swallow if he is the reason we aren’t on top of the division at the end of the season.
Speaking of being on top of the division, the Mets are now six games behind the Nationals for first place in the division, and they are also tied with the Miami Marlins for second place in the division. The Mets players handled this past weekend’s step back about as best they could, with Yoenis Cespedes even declaring there is still a lot of baseball left to be played. This is a team last season that fought through adversity and shocked the league after acquiring Cespedes, and took off to the World Series. The Mets know what it takes to get there, but the key losses to the Nationals this season could prove to be their downfall.
The Mets offense and the health of the rotation are going to be key in the second-half to make any kind of run at the postseason. The Mets are also going to have to show better against the Nationals who they play six more times in September. The Mets have a roster capable of making the postseason, but there are still other factors that the Mets are going to need to work on. Those factors were on display this past weekend, as I had previously stated above regarding their offense, better play against their division rival, and NOT PITCHING TO DANIEL MURPHY!
If the Mets want to defend their National League crown in the postseason there are adjustments that have to be made, and the Baseball God’s will have to bless this team with a healthy roster for the second-half of the season. After what I witnessed last season, you’ve got to keep believing and remember there is still indeed plenty of baseball left to be played.