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Dominic Smith Walks 2019 Off Into Sunset

With what happened this year, it was just perfect seeing the bullpen blow-up. It blew up all year, and unfortunately it would today. Sadly, when Adeiny Hechavarria homered off of Paul Sewald, the Mets would blow their 28th save of the season moving them into a tie with the Cubs for the fifth most blown saves in baseball.

It would also cost Sewald of his second straight win after not earning a win over his first 118 Major League appearances. That ended one feel good story. Actually, it was two feel good stories ended as local guy, Joe Panik, had hit an eighth inning homer to put the Mets ahead 4-3.

As the game headed into extras, you wondered who was going to be this year’s version of Oliver Perez. It turns out the answer was Walker Lockett.

Lockett allowed back-to-back homers to Hechavarria and Adam Duvall to put the Mets down 6-4. It seemed like that was the sour note upon which this season was going to end.

Of course, that overlooked how this team constantly got up from gut punches. It also overlooked how forgotten and overlooked players took full advantage of their chances. We saw that again in the 11th when Luis Guillorme hit a leadoff single against Jerry Blevins.

Then came a string where all three Mets catchers would bat. That should serve as a subtle reminder this is the last time there will be 40 man rosters in September. Of the trio, Wilson Ramos would get a single off Anthony Swarzak putting the tying run on with two outs.

That brought up Dominic Smith. Smith had not had an at-bat since July 26 when he landed on the IL with a broken foot. He was just activated last week but had not played until today. On the second pitch he saw from Grant Dayton, Smith would end the Mets 2019 season:

This was a great moment for Dom. Not only did he get back from a broken foot, but it put an exclamation point on a season where he rejuvenated his career. He earned this moment due to all the hard work he put in during the offseason and just to get back from his broken foot.

As Dom celebrated dancing his way to the plate, he and the Mets would walk off into the sunset. There’s a lot of different ways this Mets season could’ve gone better, but in the end, these players were easy to root for, and we should all look forward to seeing them all play next year.

Game Notes: Noah Syndergaard started the final game of the year for the fourth straight year. He took a no decision after allowing three earned and striking out nine over seven. Chris Mazza picked up his first career win.

2 thoughts on “Dominic Smith Walks 2019 Off Into Sunset”

  1. Blair M. Schirmer says:

    “…but in the end, these players were easy to root for,…”

    They were indeed. Plenty of great stories and questions to start the year, a number of them with happy answers–

    –was deGrom’s 2018 a splendid fluke, or had he really taken an already good arsenal to persisting greatness?
    –how would Jeff McNeil adjust to the league adjusting to him, and would he continue to remind us of a player from the 1930s, or was he just a pretty good .280 hitter who got lucky for a couple of months?
    –could Wheeler be brilliant for an entire year?
    –would Matz continue to inch forward, or were the injuries just going to bury him?
    –would Syndergaard remember to put into practice for a full year what had worked so well for him as a 23 yo in 2016?
    –Pete Alonso had already put up as good minor league numbers as anyone had their first time through across low A, A, high A, AA, AAA ball, and the AFL. Was he going to be phenomenal, or merely good in 2019?
    –Could Nimmo repeat his first season as a budding star, and even improve?
    –Was Conforto’s recovery partial, or was what we’d seen in 2018 what we’d continue to get?
    –Could Dom Smith salvage his career?
    –Would the JD Davis who flourished in the minors ever find a way to show up?
    –Would Edwin Diaz build on… never mind.
    –Would the Mets figure out how to successfully use the Keon Broxton who had put up 4 bWAR in 800 career PAs?
    –Would the FO accept Lagares’ fragility and show us they’re matured as an organization and accept players’ limitations?
    –Luis Guillorme was probably going to get an all too brief shot at a bench job–would chance and hard work see him through?
    –Was Todd Frazier done, as so many over-30 players are in an era of fast, faster, fastest pitching, or would one of the steadiest regulars in the game over the decade of the 10’s find more in the tank?

    It was a blast seeing 25 (and more) stories unfold across 6 months, with daily updates and dramas that were both important but except in rare cases hardly life-threatening, which is what makes the season so much fun.

    Many, many thanks to metsdaddy for providing a forum to note ideas, vent spleens, argue, engage, and be enlightened by. We disagree on a lot, MD, but I really do appreciate all the work you put in here. Cheers to all, and to Dom for sending us out on a high note.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      I appreciate that, and trust me when I say I appreciate your comments and reading the site all the more.

      I’ve always found your comments to be thoughtful. It certainly adds to the site.

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