McDonald: Time To Get Excited

(Neil Miller/Sportsday Wire)

It’s easy to get excited these days about these Mets.

However, it’s still August 12th and there’s over a month and a half left in the season.

Anything can happen.

Still, you can’t stop from getting excited about this team. There’s just no way around it. They are for real, especially at Citi Field, where the Mets improved tonight to 41-18 in Flushing this season.

“The question had been asked why we have been playing so well at home,” manager Terry Collins said. “It starts on the mound. We didn’t pitch sometimes very well, because it’s a pitchers park, but (our starters) bear down here. The guy going tomorrow (Noah Syndergaard) has been tremendous here.”

Facing Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, and Syndergaard on back to back nights is almost like taking a knife to a gunfight. The Rockies were stymied tonight as deGrom shut them down, maybe not with his sharpest stuff, but good enough to pretty much match Harvey’s zeros from last night.

And New York is taking notice, with 37,175 showing up on a Wednesday against the Rookies with no giveaways is very impressive. Met fans have taken notice and the cynicism of past seasons has given away to hope and hype.

That’s because the Mets went from a team that you hoped won every night to now when you expect a victory.

In short, they have become winners.

“We have been very lucky to get (Juan Uribe and Michael Cuddyer) here,” Collins said. “Juan Uribe has two World Series rings and a ton of money. He plays the game right. It’s too bad that Jordany Valdespin couldn’t see this guy play because he plays the game right.”

That’s the biggest different. For years the Mets pinning their hopes on meatball players like Valdespin, who was in fact released yesterday by the Marlins. Too many times they Mets had to give playing time to those types of guys.

Now, he has Uribe. He has Cuddyer. He has veteran guys who can get big hits and lead the young pitching staff into October.

Yes, it’s only August 12th, but if everything keeps going the Mets way, this may be the date where the New York becomes a National League town again. The Yankees lost again and now are out of first place (they still lead in the Wild Card), while the Amazin’s look to add to their lead tonight as the Nationals take on Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers.

Things are just looking up at Citi Field and New York is definitely noticing.

It’s easy to get excited.

About the Author

Joe McDonald

Joe McDonald is the founder and former publisher of NY Sports Day. After selling to i15Media in 2020, he serves as the Editor-in-Chief and responsible for the editorial side of the publication. In the past, Joe was the managing editor of NY Sportscene magazine and assistant editor of Mets Inside Pitch. He has covered the Mets since 2004.

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