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Mets Two Back Not Seven Ahead With 17 To Play

In 2007, the Mets were seven games ahead with 17 games to play. We all know that season ended with Tom Glavine melting down against the Florida Marlins. That humiliating collapse is not a good memory for Mets fans, but it should serve as a reminder that anything can happen.

There are better and more positive stories in Mets history on this point.

The 1969 Mets entered September five games back of the Cubs, and they’d go 24-8 to finish the season and win the division going away en route to winning one of the more unlikely championships in professional sports history.

In 1973, the Mets entered September 4.5 games of the Cardinals and Pirates. The “Ya Gotta Believe” Mets pulled it off with a 82-79 record. They’d then push off one dynasty another year by beating the Big Red Machine in the NLCS, and they’d come within one game of knocking off another.

As we know, recent history hasn’t been as kind. The 1998 Mets entered September just one game out of the Wild Card. On September 21, they were one game up in the race only to lose their final five games including getting swept by the Braves. What made that all the more difficult was they only needed to win just one game to tie the Cubs and Giants for what was then the only Wild Card spot.

In 1999, it did seem like there was going to be another collapse with the Mets losing seven straight in October, and they’d lose five of six to the Braves with Chipper Jones telling Mets fans to get their Yankees jerseys out of the closet. They’d get some help sweeping the Pirates to over come the two game deficit with three games remaining in the season before Al Leiter‘s one hitter propelled them to the NLDS.

Heading to the future, the Mets collapsed in 2007, and they did it again in 2008 with Jerry Manuel going to Scott Schoeneweis to end the season. There were bleak times ahead before the 2015 and 2016 season. In terms of 2016, it was a somewhat similar situation to this year where a down National League allowed the Mets to linger in the race.

It should be noted that 2016 team was just 1.5 games back of he St. Louis Cardinals for the second Wild Card. It was not the five game deficit this Mets team faced. In any event, that whole run left a bitter taste as Jeurys Familia allowed a three run homer to Conor Gillaspie to end that season.

Overall, it has been quite a mixed bag for the Mets in these late September Wild Card races. We’ve seen them collapse in 1998 and 2007. We have seen them force a one game playoff in 1999 and go on a magical run. Under a different system in 2016, they got to that game, but they couldn’t win it.

No matter how you break it down, there is one theme for all of those years – the Mets had a chance. As we have seen you have a chance even if you are down seven games with 17 remaining. You can look at that all as a negative all you want. That’s your prerogative.

However, this Mets team has Jacob deGrom, Zack Wheeler, and Steven Matz pitching great. Seth Lugo is the best reliever in baseball. Pete Alonso, Jeff McNeil, and Michael Conforto have played great all year, and Todd Frazier seems to be getting hot at the right time. There are so many more positives behind these players.

At the end of the day, there is legitimate reason for hope. As long as there is hope, there is every reason to believe the Mets can pull this off. We should all be excited at the opportunity before this team.

LETS GO METS!

10 thoughts on “Mets Two Back Not Seven Ahead With 17 To Play”

  1. David Klein says:

    Stroman looked like a different pitcher today. Even had a more deliberate pace and finally pitched like he did in Toronto getting tons of grounders and threw his slider as much as his fastball-throwing his slider 39% of the time as well as throwing his fastball that much and throwing his curve 21% and it too was very effective.

    I kvetched about having both Lagares and Nido in there but they combined for three homers and Lagares has easily his best offensive game of his career.

    Frazier is so hot right now and Cano looks like the Cano pre Mets since early July.

    Also they rested Nimmo, McNeil and Ramos and scored 11 runs very impressive and shows how deep the offense is.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      Stroman with Nido shows the importance a catcher can have on an SP, and the offense going off shows you a good offensive club can overcome Nido

      1. Oldbackstop says:

        It was a stunt.

        Write about Rusty Staub:

        “So Staub invited the vice president of the Police Benevolent Association to his restaurant and told him he had some ideas to raise money for this fallen hero’s family.

        And the New York Police and Fire Widows and Children Benefit Fund (WCBF) was born, raising money at Shea Stadium, and later Citi Field, picnics, dinners and golf outings.

        After 9/11, Staub’s charity raised $117 million for families of first responders killed that awful day.”

        1. metsdaddy says:

          You’re being mean spirited and ridiculous

      2. David Klein says:

        But Stroman stunk the first time he pitched to Nido

        1. metsdaddy says:

          How’d today go?

  2. Oldbackstop says:

    Ramos is slashing 395/.427/.565/.992 for the past six weeks.

    Ramos is going to play most games.

    Move on.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      You like losing and bad decision making

      1. Oldbackstop says:

        You hate Ramos, Cano, and JD, and they have carried this team on their backs for a month.

        1. metsdaddy says:

          Jokes are supposed to be funny

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