You can make yourself crazy over-analyzing baseball. A week ago the Mets rotation wasn’t pitching deep into games, the bullpen couldn’t get anyone out, and people were all set to write the Mets off. Now they’ve run off a stretch of five wins in a row, the pitchers have pitched well from rotation to bullpen, and they’re scoring runs in all sorts of ways from home runs to errors to simple clutch hits.
The last time a major New York sports team other than the Mets won a home game was last Sunday the 17th when the Rangers and Yankees did it. Since then the Rangers and Knicks both got bounced from the playoffs and the Yankees are 3-3 including dropping the last two home games against the White Sox with each of their two closers, Mariano Rivera and Rafael Soriano, blowing saves.
An aside on the Yankees: For a team as old as they are, it has to be a little worrisome that they’ve postponed so many games already doesn’t it? They’ve played far fewer than anyone else, and in fact only played four games last week. Those three games will have to be made up, and it’ll eat into days off and rest time for some of these veteran players.
You could make excuses about the quality of the Mets opponents, but I could make excuses that they were a bloop or a lucky bounce away from winning some of those games they lost too. Regardless of who is in the other dugout, the Mets are playing good baseball right now. When this team is playing well, they’re capable of beating anyone. The question has always been if they’re going to stay healthy enough to have the chance to play well, and can they sustain the success longer than the slumps they might go through when guys are struggling?
Also worth noting is that if the only reason the Mets are winning is because they’re playing bad teams, why can’t the Phillies beat the Diamondbacks?