Monday, September 28, 2015
OK, Now What?
They also finished off a sweep of the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday by winning 8-1 in spite of starting basically their "D" lineup. We've gone through plenty of "B" and "C" lineups this season, littered with names like Darrell Ceciliani and Danny Muno, but of course once things turned those days were over. You knew that sort of lineup wouldn't be seen again until the Mets were either eliminated or eliminated everyone else. Fortuitously, they eliminated everyone else, and so a lineup with Kevin Plawecki hitting cleanup, Anthony Recker playing 1st base and Eric Campbell playing period was met with more joy than anything else. Plawecki helped his cause with a Home Run, Dilson Herrera hit one too and the Mets stomped their way to an 8-1 victory.
Jacob deGrom made his return to the mound for the first time since his debacle of an outing against the Marlins close to 2 weeks ago and much like Syndergaard, the extra rest seemed to do him well. Granted, the Reds are mostly playing out the string, but they still have a lineup with 4 really good hitters and guys who don't quit and deGrom basically just cut through them, looking very much like the pitcher we saw over most of the season as he struck out 9 and gave up 1 run in his 6 innings of work.
But overall, this was a very ho-hum sort of game, and after several weeks of the Mets having won games and built up a lead for themselves in the division, these games were exciting. It was real easy to get locked in, even if the Mets were losing. Perhaps it's because nobody could really believe this was actually happening after the Mets just looked so inept for 4 months of the season. But then they made their trades and started winning games and shot passed Washington, and now here they are as Division Champions and with a week to spare, no less. I don't think it's a matter of the fact that the Mets haven't made the playoffs in 9 years and haven't been good in 7 years but more that it happened this year. I'm not sure anyone knows what to do.
Come October 9th, I think we'll have it figured out.