The New York Mets took a 3-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins last night, behind a pair of home runs from Jose Reyes and Asdrubal Cabrera. Yoenis Cespedes also added an RBI single, to aid a vintage Bartolo Colon start. Colon who has shown no sign of aging this season has been nothing short of remarkably consistent, despite being depending on coming into the season as insurance for the rotation until Zack Wheeler was ready. Since the All Star Break, the 43 year old veteran has posted a 7-3 record with a 2.96 ERA.
With the San Francisco Giants defeating the St. Louis Cardinals again last night, the Mets have added two games to their lead in the NL Wild Card race over the past two days. There are multiple challenges that still lie ahead for the Mets, but the challenges aren’t considered as difficult as their opposition’s. Regardless there is still plenty of work left to do before the Mets can punch a ticket to the postseason, and that includes winning the next two games against the Twins as the Cardinals and Giants continue to battle one another.
There isn’t a hotter pitcher for the Mets to send to the mound tonight, as Seth Lugo will make his sixth career start. Lugo has posted a 4-1 record thus far with a 2.27 ERA as a starting pitcher and has shown no signs of slowing down. The Mets will look to him to continue to build on their Wild Card lead over the Cardinals, which something we would’ve been hard pressed to say back on August 19 when they were 5.5 games behind the Cardinals.
The Mets look like a hungry and focused bunch with their eyes set on an October 5th Wild Card play-in game, and with only fifteen games remaining every game counts down the stretch. But I don’t think we need to remind this team, who has fought through consistent adversity all season long, that they hold their own destiny in their hands. One game at a time is the continued approach, as there is no need for us to get ahead of ourselves just yet. But it truly is an exciting time to be a Mets fan!