New York Mets left their 2019 miracle run in San Francisco
By Tim Boyle
Do you believe in sports miracles? If you do, you’ll need to hope the 2019 MLB season has room for the New York Mets because the San Francisco Giants are performing one fo their own.
New York Mets fans hoping for a miracle run in Queens will need to hope there’s room for more than one in this MLB season. Suddenly, the San Francisco Giants are more than alive. They are right in the thick of the National League Wild Card race. Within days, they could have one of the spots.
Like the team in Flushing, the Giants are unlikely winning the division. The Los Angeles Dodgers left the rest of the National League West teams in their dust early on this season. Only the Giants have done enough to claw back and make some noise.
They saw the fight the Giants have left in them up close last weekend. Their four-game series against the Giants could have gone completely different. New York blew them out in one game but lost the other three in extra innings. Imagine if things went the other way.
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The Giants would still be below .500, possibly shifting their momentum post-Mets the other way. Meanwhile, the “Ya Gotta Believe” signs would be much more prominently displayed when the Mets returned home after. Tony Bennett left his heart in San Francisco. Apparently, the Mets left their miracle run there and the Giants are holding onto it tight.
Since the All-Star Break, the Mets have played much better baseball. Even their losses haven’t been nearly as soul-sucking as they were in the first part of the season.
A reasonable person could begin to believe they have a run in them. Unfortunately, Saint Francisco is the one performing them. He’s only turning water into wine for baseball teams who play in cities name after him.
Still, the Metropolitans have been left in the bottom part of the National League with plenty of games versus other cellar dwellers coming up in the next few weeks.
In order to have any shot at the postseason, the Mets will need more than a few things to go their way. Since their trade deadline sell should be a light one, they will have players present to help them make a run. Even minus Zack Wheeler, arguably the most valuable trade chip they have, who knows what they could do?
The NL’s Wild Card hopefuls are packed together tightly. Soon, many will fall off and others will separate themselves with forward momentum. All any team can do is continue winning games. Creating their own miracle is the one way to make sure the last two months matter. They’ll need to do so without much divine intervention.
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McCovey Cove may be filled with holy water this year. Citi Field, meanwhile, remains a place of hope for something better to come.