3) NY Mets need to remember they are brilliant at comebacks
It never quite seemed like the Mets were going to actually pull off a magic trick and win on Saturday or Sunday late. Despite the team showing off those groovy moves earlier in the year with some spectacular come-from-behind victories, the team felt a little deader this weekend.
Call it a “trap series” if you want to in honor of the NFL returning this month. After such a huge win against the Dodgers, the Mets seemed a little more lifeless against a much more beatable opponent.
It’s an odd situation the Mets are in right now. They are going to the postseason. It’s only a matter of whether or not they do it as the National League East winners or the top wild card spot. Nothing else seems possible outside of some sort of epic collapse.
Nobody with a reasonable thought should have believed the Mets would have gone undefeated in September or even come away with a series victory all the way through. As consistent as they have been from the start of the year, there were going to be some troubling games late. Averages catch up with everyone, even this team that always manages to sneak away with at least two out of three.
The panic button doesn’t need our fingerprint on it yet. It’s hovering there, though. The Atlanta Braves are taking care of their business against weak opponents. The Mets need to do the same. Next stop, Pittsburgh for 9 innings; don’t forget it lasts for 9.