Even though the Mets took the series from the Nationals over the weekend, the hits keep on coming.
After the end of a debacle against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field on Thursday night, I was thinking of skipping the weekend series between the Mets and the Nationals.
Last week, the Nationals came into Citi Field and left with everything except the home run apple. A three game sweep included a grand slam by the good guy turned arch-nemesis Daniel Murphy. If I was told we would win one out of three in D.C. I’d probably take it in a heartbeat.
On Friday night, the team did what they usually do: they won a game against Max Scherzer after they lost six straight (one to Philadelphia, three to Washington, and two to Atlanta). Following the win, the positive vibes began to creep back into my head.
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As fans, it is impossible to neglect the possibilities that:
- You know, IT IS only April
- We just beat a great pitcher with a depleted lineup and
- If we win one more, that’ll be a series win.
I know all Mets fans were thinking the same thing Saturday night: “We’re going for the sweep with Thor on the mound! If we can sweep Washington, we’re right back in it! What a great turn of events!” Pundits were saying how the Mets were back in it. We all started to believe again.
If we go by the expectations of most Mets fans prior to the Washington series, we would all take two out of three. Of course, when you follow this team day in and day out, there always seems to be something that overshadows the positives. In this case, a third game on Sunday that featured Noah Syndergaard walking off the mound in the second inning grabbing under his armpit and a final score that was fit for a football game.
Anthony Rendon channeled his inner Babe Ruth, went 6-6 with 10 RBI (which also surpassed Reyes’ and Granderson’s RBI total combined). The funny thing was that the Mets offense looked like they were clicking but the norm of this team seems to boil down to these two scenarios:
- The pitching is solid so offense will score between 0-1 run
- The pitching is not good so offense will score 5+ runs
Following his team’s obliteration in more ways than one Sunday afternoon, Terry Collins definitely took the form of Mets fandom during his post game; he was clearly tired of the bad luck of his club. The Syndergaard injury put him over the top. At one point, Collins responded to a reporter who mentioned that he looked agitated and uneasy in the dugout following Thor’s departure:
COLLINS: YOU THINK? YOU THINK!?
That pretty much summed it all up.
In the end, the Mets probably proved us all wrong when they went into Washington on a six game slide and managed to take two out of three from the current top team in baseball. Unfortunately, the hits keep on coming for them as we cringe that Syndergaard will be out for an extended period of time. On the bright side, I would pick our disabled list over any disabled list in the big leagues: (Don’t we know what team we’re talking about here?)