By: Monte Perez
Leading up to the MLB trading deadline, I could have opened up a 1-800 number for depressed Mets fans. All over Twitter and on my podcasts, Mets fans were distraught, angry and filled with panic. I stole Aaron Rodgers quote from last year and I told Mets fans to “R-E-L-A-X”. My philosophy was simple, “The Mets should do whatever they can to acquire talent, but under no circumstances should they trade away one of their four young arms: Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard and Zack Wheeler.”
For once, the Mets did not mortgage their future for a short-term fix. The Mets acquired power hitter Yoenis Cespedes, Kelly Johnson, Juan Uribe and relief pitcher Tyler Clippard. On Sept. 1, the Mets will call up another young, talented pitcher, named Steven Matz. The 24-year-old Matz has a 2-0 record with 14 strikeouts, and an ERA of 1.32. The Mets also called up talented outfielder, Michael Conforto. In 25 games, Conforto is batting .273 with three homeruns and 13 RBIs. He has been a welcomed addition in the outfield with his speed and glove. Conforto is fourth on the team with a .493 slugging percentage.
The Mets have won seven in a row, placing them at 71-56. New York has a 6.5 game lead over the Washington Nationals and they are 42-21 at home. This is not a fluke. The Mets pitching staff is one of the most dominant of all time:
-The Mets pitchers have thrown 1,300 more fastballs than any other pitching staff (Cleveland is second).
-The Mets starters are first in the MLB in pitching seven innings or more.
-The Mets have the highest strike out to walk ratio in the history of Major League Baseball.
We know the Mets can beat teams 1-0 in pitchers dual, but since the trade deadline, they can also beat opponents in a high scoring affair. Since July 25, the Mets are first in the National League, scoring 6.3 runs per game, and first in homeruns. With David Wright in the lineup, the Mets have four players in Cespedes (26 HR’s), Curtis Granderson (22 HR’s) and Lucas Duda (21 HR’s), who can all hit 25 -30 home runs.
The Mets have a ton of chemistry and confidence right now, and manager Terry Collins has the deepest bench in the league. On any given night, players like Michael Cuddyer, Travis d’Arnaud and Wilmer Flores can carry the team. The Mets are built for now and built for long-term:
Michael Conforto 22 yrs. old
Noah Syndergaard 22 yrs. old
Steven Matz 24 yrs. old
Zach Wheeler 25 yrs. old
Wilmer Flores 24 yrs. old
Matt Harvey 26 yrs. old
Jacob deGrom 27 yrs. old
Travis d’Arnaud 26 yrs. old
Juan Lagares 26 yrs. old
Yoenis Cespedes 29 yrs. old
The only negative going into the post-season, would be the Mets record against the NL Central. New York is 3-17 against the Saint Louis Cardinals, Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs, totaling 0-13 against the Pirates and Cubs. The good news is the Mets will only wind up playing one of those teams during the playoffs.
Mets fans, you have been waiting a long time to play meaningful games in September. Well, you got it! Over the next 10 years, this team will have a run much like the 1990 Atlanta Braves. They are built for long-term success.
My MVP this year is Daniel Murphy. The 30-year-old has proven to be the spark plug for the Mets. He is leading the team in batting average at .287, and plays almost every position in the infield. New York can bat him 1-8 in the lineup. Murphy is a utility man, but plays every day, and is starting to thrive with other hitters around him.
Don’t look now Mets fans… but… this is the first year of a dynasty.
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