McDonald: Season’s Just Getting Warmed Up

If you’re a Met fan, that seventh inning must have felt like root canal.

It wasn’t very comfortable and it lasted forever.

Heck, at least with the dentist, you can get some laughing gas.

Tonight at Citi Field, there was no laughing matter.

“You give 13 free passes out and eight hits, that’s a lot of base runners, you are not going to win many games with that,” said manager Terry Collins after the 7-1 Nationals win.

Sure we can go through everything that went wrong. Bartolo Colon’s command, the porous bullpen or the inability to score a run in the seventh inning with the bases loaded and one out.

But let’s look at the bright side, the Mets still are at par with the Nationals with the rubber game of this series tomorrow.

Right now, you know something isn’t right with the Mets, however, they are still in it. Matt Harvey and Jacob deGrom have been ordinary, David Wright has been a strikeout machine and according to NY Sports Day’s Rich Mancuso, Travis d’Arnaud is out to the All-Star break.

All of this would not make you in command. Heck it could set you back in this division, but the Mets are still right there with four more games against the Nationals in the next seven days.

Even more importantly, you have to believe the Mets are built to last better than at least the Phillies and the Marlins. You have to believe the Phightins are going to eventually phade, while the Marlins are and injury or two waiting to happen.

And this division will come down to the Nationals and the Mets.

Eventually Harvey and deGrom, unless they are actually injured, will remember their forms, and David Wright, despite the strikeouts, still holds a .362 on base percentage thanks to his 25 walks on the year.

And even if d’Arnaud doesn’t come back, they can get a receiver at the deadline if Kevin Plawecki doesn’t pass the sniff test over the next two months.

So no matter how painful tonight was to watch, there’s still plenty of season left to go and frankly after the first two games of this series, did you expect anything else but a split and a rubber match tomorrow with Harvey on the mound?

Speaking of the Dark Knight, tomorrow would be a good time for the team’s erstwhile ace to remember his vocation and come up big.

It’s going to be compelling, not just tomorrow, but going forward.

The season is just getting started; no matter how bad tonight stunk.

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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