The current season had all the makings of another lost year and a ton of questions following the team into the offseason.
But something changed over these last three weeks. Take your pick:
• A starting rotation that finally started living up to the hype and billing it has gotten around town for years.
• A lineup that has finally rounded out the way we thought it would back in March.
• And a schedule that was just what the doctor ordered for a team searching to get back into contention.
The Mets shouldn’t apologize for the schedule. To their credit, they took advantage and obliterated the bottom feeders in their way from mid-July until this past weekend against the Washington Nationals.
In what was a highly anticipated series at Citi Field, the Mets provided two incredible comeback wins that had New York City and the baseball world buzzing.
Friday night’s come-from-behind win was the best regular season win the Mets have had since the epic Asdrubal Cabrera walk-off bat flip at the end of the 2016 season.
On Saturday, the special vibes were in the ballpark again.
Little known utility infielder Luis Guillorme smacking a pinch hit, game-tying home run gives you the sense that something special is in the air from a team that was left for dead just a couple weeks ago.
It’s okay to admit you thought the Mets were dead and buried. I sure did.
After all, Mets manager Mickey Callaway basically admitted back in late June on WFAN that it would take a miracle to get back into the race.
The miracle has been on full display over these last few weeks, but even with the Mets rattling off 15 out of 16 wins, they are still a game out of a wild card spot.
Was Friday and Saturday night the peak of the 2019 season, or is the fun just beginning?
The answer to that question revolves squarely on the Mets bullpen.
We know Seth Lugo is the team’s most valuable reliever. He is the guy you trust the most.
However, once you get past Lugo, who else can step up and give the Mets the sort of valuable contributions they will need down the stretch of this year?
In Sunday’s series finale loss to the Nationals, Edwin Diaz showed once again why he doesn’t belong in that Mets circle of trust.
He doesn’t give you the sense that he can be a late-inning reliever the Mets can count on. The Mets will need answers other than Lugo out of that bullpen to get this team over the hump.
The competition will get tougher, and the starting pitching will be tested by better lineups and will need help from the bullpen. Will Mickey Callaway find those answers?
The Mets playoff fate depends on it.
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