Seventeen games remain on the Mets’ schedule. Yes, we’re at the same point when they started to make history last year. Up seven games with 17 remaining, the Mets went into a free fall and kicked away the National League East, losing on the season’s final day when Tom Glavine couldn’t get out of the first inning.
“I don’t think anybody is thinking about last year,’’ David Wright said. “When you go through what we went through last year you learn from it.’’
The Mets’ pitching makes them vulnerable, but they don’t seem to fall into those funks where they lose focus and go through the motions as they did last September.
”We think we are as good as anybody,” Carlos Delgado said. “We think we are the team to beat. We think what happened last year is not going to happen again, and we’re very confident that we can get this done. It’s definitely a different atmosphere here, a different feeling than it was last year.”
The Braves are in town tonight to start a three-game series. I might be in the minority on this but I still believe the Braves to be relevant. Afterall, they do have a winning record against the Mets this season. Of course, that was when the season was young, but it would be a mistake to discount them or take them lightly.
Hell, the Mets were fortunate to hang on against the Nationals, and they are far worse than Atlanta.
David Wright said the other day that the Mets have been finding ways to win, “which is the mark of a championship team.” True enough. But, another mark is putting away teams with losing records. These are teams they must get to early and take away their will to win. If you let a team like that hang around and let it think it could win, that’s dangerous.
Mets manager Jerry Manuel said Oliver Perez has pitched so well lately that he’ll let this one slide. He can afford to because Carlos Delgado is playing up to the MVP chants.
It wasn’t a good night for Perez, but Delgado hit two more homers and has 24 in his last 66 games to lead the majors.
For awhile tonight it appeared as if Perez would kick this one away, but Delgado’s two homers and one by Carlos Beltran carried the Mets to a 10-8 victory over the Nationals to increase their lead over Philly to 2 1/2 games.
Kudos also to the bullpen. It has been hot in September, but tell the truth, aren’t you holding your breath?
For those who were with me tonight, many thanks. The Room is open all night.-JD