The New York Mets are now five games below .500 at 55-60 and have safely avoided a sweep at the hands of Atlanta in their own backyard. But what does/could this one game mean for the rest of the season? It's unclear. Mostly because of the way it happened.
Indeed, Jon Niese (9-6) was on point tonight, giving up just one run over eight innings. Indeed, Wright is starting to look like the shadow of his June self with 800th career RBI. And indeed, the Mets won a damn game, which is enough for me right now. But with a 6-1 lead going into the ninth inning, the Mets tried their absolute hardest to blow another one. Are you kidding me?
It's getting harder and harder to watch the ninth innings of games–any games–that the Mets are involved in. It's comical at this point. And in defense of Frank Franciso, he did come into the game with bases loaded, which is obviously tough in any inning with any sort of lead. But to come right in and walk to batters before giving up and extra base hit? Come on.
If this game proves to be the spark that the Mets need, then I'll be the happiest camper out there. But it's hard to imagine scraping by like that turning into a spark.
Here's to hoping I'm wrong.