The New York Mets wrapped up their series against the Atlanta Braves today. After winning the first then losing the second, the finale included one more win for New York.
This was a huge series which could have swung the other way. Atlanta had a chance to make up some ground in the division. Instead, they lose a game.
With it all so fresh in our minds, let’s overreact a little bit to the impressive series victory and jump to some conclusions.
1) NY Mets overreaction: This team needs its aces to win a championship
Max Scherzer plowed through the Braves in the first game of the series. One of their two aces, it’s important the Mets are able to get Jacob deGrom back and healthy soon. Without the pair leading the way deep into the year and beyond the 162nd game, the club will have little chance of going far.
This was always the plan for the Mets. It’s hard to believe that deGrom even pitched this year in anything but a rehab start. Because he hasn’t taken the mound in anything more than spring training, it feels like those memories of him were nothing but a dream.
The Mets have gotten All-Star pitching from Taijuan Walker which has helped give them another ace they can lead on, if only temporarily. But Walker’s fall from grace in the second half last season does leave many of us with doubts. It’s the Scherzer and deGrom show plus any other starting pitchers who want to step up and attend.
In this series, all of the starters did their part. This must continue with both aces back and pitching every five days along the way.