A sign spotted in the bleachers pretty much said it all about the day and the season: “We Believe in 2015.’’ For the first time in six years, there’s a legitimate reason to believe the interlocking NY on the Mets’ cap does mean next year.
Seriously, without Matt Harvey, David Wright ailing and missing and questions in their rotation and bullpen, the Mets finished in second place (tied with Atlanta) and two games under .500. Nobody realistically could have anticipated such an improvement considering their issues at first base, catcher, shortstop, the bullpen and outfield.
I certainly didn’t.
There was so much to like about today. The sendoff to Bobby Abreu was special, but not like the one Derek Jeter received in Boston. Bartolo Colon threw over 200 innings and won 15 games, something I didn’t bet on either.
The Mets were 14-10 in September for their third winning month of the year. That hasn’t happened often.
Who didn’t enjoy watching Daniel Murphy smoke a double in his last at-bat? Would have liked to have seen him finish at .300. But Lucas Duda crushed another two run homer to give him 30 with 92 RBI. Ike Davis hit 11 homers with 51 RBI playing for the Mets and Pittsburgh. That was a decision that turned out right.
Jeurys Familia and Jenrry Mejia showed us the bullpen is heading in the right direction.
The Mets are 79-83 and GM Sandy Alderson said they need to improve by another 10 or 12 victories. That’s possible.
However, what I’ll remember the most of this season was getting hurt just as I was getting ready for spring training, and how you welcomed me back from my absence.
That meant the world to me. Thank you again. I’ll be posting regularly in the offseason, which, for the first time in six years won’t be hollow.