Saturday, September 26, 2015

The Mets Win the NL East!!

I have been a Met fan since 1962 and have seen some really bad years, mediocre years and two years when we won the World Series.  The Mets have been terrible since Citifield opened in 2009 as the first 6 seasons were losing years.  There was cautious optimism as this season began with a 13-3 record.  They already had some good young pitchers with a few more on the horizon.  As the season progressed the issues of poor hitting and injuries came into play.  The pitching was excellent, but very often the team just could not score.  There were significant injuries to David Wright, Travis d'Arnaud and left handed reliever Jerry Blevins.  Jenry Mejia was suspended twice and Jeurys Familia moved into the unfamiliar role of closer.

By the end of July the Mets were three games behind the Washington Nationals and were barely over .500.  Sandy Alderson made the right moves by trading for Yoenis Cespedes, Kelly Johnson, Juan Uribe, and Tyler Clippard.  The recall of Michael Conforto helped fortify the hitting.  As I said before in this is journal is that the best trades are the ones that you don't make.  Wilmer Flores and Zach Wheeler were not traded for Carlos Gomez.

The playoffs are a new season as everyone starts at 0-0.  The Mets will likely play the Dodgers in the first round. Pitchers Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw will be difficult for the Mets.  In a short series anything can happen.  If they win the Division Series, the League Championship Series against the Cardinals, Cubs or Pirates will also be difficult.  Let's hope for the best.

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