4) Former Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler is key for the Phillies
A few years have already gone by since Zack Wheeler last pitched for the Mets. He has been with the Philadelphia Phillies for several years, moving up a level to ace-status in the league. The Phillies snuck into the postseason just ahead of the Milwaukee Brewers. Perhaps more than anyone else on this list, it’s up to him to help carry his ball club.
Wheeler is without a doubt one of the most important members of the Phillies. Despite the scary lineup, they need good starting pitching to keep them in games and limit the number of innings that fall into the hands of the relievers.
Wheeler may also be joined by Noah Syndergaard. However, with the Phillies moving Thor out of their rotation in the regular season, it’s possible they leave him behind from the playoff race.
5) Former Mets reliever Paul Sewald is part of a great Mariners bullpen
One of the newest Mets villains this year, Paul Sewald, helped the Seattle Mariners end their postseason drought. He’s their closer and this year has proven to be a rather reliable one.
You may recall Sewald and the Mariners coming to Citi Field earlier this year where he enjoyed the punishment they put on the Mets. It’s personal between him and your favorite ball club even though his numbers never suggested they should have kept him around any longer than they did.
Because this is the Mariners, plenty of other guys you used to root for are there, too. That list could include Chris Flexen, Sam Haggerty, and Jarred Kelenic.
There’s a favorable chance someone with ties to the Mets win a World Series this year. We’re all hoping 26 of them do.