The New York Mets are still in first place. There’s no reason to panic. Maybe break a little sweat. Maybe question a few moves. Everything is all right. We are not the dog sitting in a chair while the whole house burns down, are we?
Not so fast. The troubles plaguing this team all year long are beginning to catch up with them. Losing three out of four to the Miami Marlins has inched fans closer to the spot on their wall they’re going to put a hole in with a punch.
Miami has regularly played spoiler for the Mets and other NL East teams even in down years for them. This season, Miami has been more like Mordor.
The Marlins are punishing the Mets this year
Through nine games against each other, the Marlins hold a 6-3 record against the Mets. This wouldn’t be so heartbreaking if the Marlins were some sort of powerhouse organization. Only those types of clubs should batter you around to a .667 winning percentage.
To make matters worse, even when the orange and blue have been victorious, it took some late-inning heroics.
On April 8, the hero was Michael Conforto’s elbow with the bases loaded. When the Mets were able to defeat the Marlins again, this time on May 21, it was a 6-5 victory in 12 innings.
The recent series down in Miami did provide New York with one W. In this game, they dropped an early lead and would ask for some late-inning heroics.
The “Mordor Marlins” have told the Mets “You shall not pass!”
I’m no Lord of the Rings expert but wasn’t Mordor the place where they had to go and throw the ring? I Googled it and it seems to be that Mount Doom is indeed located there. I think we have a new name for the ballpark the Marlins call home.
There’s an analogy to make here. While the Mets aren’t purposefully throwing a ring down into a volcanic mountain, they are possibly destroying a ring with all of these losses piling up against the worst team in the division. It’s games like this you cannot lose.
The two clubs do see each other several more times before the season ends. August concludes with a doubleheader in New York followed by two more to begin September. They then take a trip back to Mordor, Florida the very next week for three more. Finally, the two clubs face each other for the last three days of September at Citi Field.
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The Mets schedule will do them no favors in these final weeks of the season. Beating the Marlins is absolutely necessary if they have any desire to make the postseason. So far, they haven’t been able to take down the jobbers of the NL East. Could it be that we look back at losing three of four in Miami as the moment Gollum snuck up and crept away with our chance at a ring?