By: Paul DiSclafani
Boy, the week started out great, didn’t it?
The Mets completed an improbable sweep of the Braves on Sunday when Daniel Murphy hit a two out, two strike, 3-run home run in the top of the ninth inning to tie the game, setting up an extra inning win.
But on Tuesday, our nemesis the Marlins, stopped the Mets 8-game win streak, and they have won just once since. And what a big game that was.
Amid all the hoopla of the Subway Series rolling into town (Preview Part 1 and Part 2), rookie Stephen Matz showed he belongs in the big leagues on Friday, gutting out six innings of one run ball and the Mets hit three home runs to win 5-1.
On Saturday, the offense disappeared in a 5-0 loss to the Yankees. Noah Syndergaard made just two mistakes and the Yankees made him pay as Carlos Beltran (3-R) and Brian McCann (2-R) took him deep. Like I said earlier in the week, are the Mets ready for the playoffs? They are not going to be able to fall behind good teams 5-0 and expect to come back two or three times in a short series.
The split sets up the rubber game tonight on National TV with Matt Harvey against CC Sabathia. I think we wouldn’t want it any other way.
By the way, are we really only going to see Harvey pitch four or innings tonight? Can you see the fans reactions as Terry Collins walks out to the mound in the top of the fifth in a 1-0 game, asking Harvey for the ball? Hope Harvey has his agent’s number on speed dial …
FROM THE BENCH: I know there is still the specter of 2007 in the minds of Mets fans, but not this time. In 2007, also known as “The Collapse”, the Mets had two things going against them after they took a 7 game lead with 17 games left. They fell into a complete free fall, winning just 5 games the rest of the way. But it was the chasing Phillies who went on an incredible run, losing just 5 of their remaining 17 games. The Nationals aren’t the 2007 Phillies and the 2015 Mets are certainly not the 2007 Mets, are they? … Mets and Yankee fans were loud and proud in the first two games, both sellouts at Citi Field …The Marlins win 11 of 14 games before going into Washington and losing two of three. Why do they play so well against the Mets? … Mets remaining games after tonight’s Subway Series Finale are three at home against the Braves (59-90) followed by the last road trip of the regular season with four in Cincinnati (63-84) and three in Philadelphia (56-93). The regular season ends with three games at home against the Nationals (77-71).
BY THE NUMBERS: Washington has won two straight and have cut the Mets (84-64) NL East lead to 7 games, but the Mets Magic Number is at 8 (Gary Carter) with 14 left to play … Cespedes of 0 for his last 17 … Yankees have 36 three-run homers … Matz (4-0, 1.80) is first Mets pitcher in franchise history to allow 2 ER or fewer in his first five career starts … Wants some fun with Math? With 14 games left, if the Nationals win them all (a 16 game winning streak), they would finish with 91 wins. That gives the Mets a margin of error to finish 7-7 and still win the Division … Mets shutout two of last three games … Cespedes , the NL Player of the Week last week, became on the fifth player in baseball history to hit 17 home runs with two different teams in the same season on Tuesday in Mets 9-3 loss … Jeurys Familia became the fourth Mets pitcher to reach 40 saves in a season in Monday’s 4-3 comeback win … In Sunday’s comeback win against the Braves, Mets scored 3+ innings after the 7th inning for the 7th consecutive games … Maybe Sandy Alderson was right all along about getting to 90 wins …