This team is not supposed to be here.
They lost Reyes. They're plagued with injuries. And they're bullpen sucks...right?
If indeed the regular season ended today, these New York Mets would be the first NL Wild Card team, earning themselves Season's Over's first ever Dark Horse of the Week (DHoW) Award. They currently have the same record (31-23) as the Miami Marlins with whom they are in a three-way tie for first place with also the Washington Nationals (30-22). Logistically, the Nationals would be the No. 2 seed (and NL East champs thanks to a better division record) and the Marlins would have to travel to Queens for the one-game Wild Card playoff game. But the story here is the Mets. And why is that?
- More than 50 games into the season, the team picked to finish dead last is in a three-way tie for first.
- Johan Santana just threw the first no-hitter in Mets history...in case you didn't hear.
- They are on the verge of a four-game sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals, against whom them have allowed one run over three games so far.
- ITSET, they are going into the playoffs winning seven of their last ten and with one of the hottest rotations in baseball.
Maybe I'm jumping the gun, but really, how can you count this team out right now? Besides the Dodgers (who the Mets would be facing in the first round), there isn't anyone else really standing too much in the way of the Mets right now if the playoffs started tomorrow. David Wright has one of the best bats in baseball, almost every guy that steps foot on the mound is lights out right now, and every guy they call up from AAA plays better than the guy he replaced.
Maybe I'm jumping the gun, but imagine the Mets taking the first two games at home from the Dodgers in the NLDS. If they can get that done, which would be easier for them ITSET, then there isn't much hope for Dodgertown to win three straight even in LA. The next round would leave either the Nationals or Reds who are playing nowhere near New York's level right now.
Yes, it's the Mets. And they could very well be nothing more than a footnote a week from now. But right now, ITSET, they could be one of the most dangerous teams in all of baseball.