If you told any New York Mets fan in the offseason that their team would be in first place during the dog days of August, no one would have believed you, but that is the case. Entering Thursday, the Mets sit 6.5 games ahead of the Washington Nationals atop the National League East. And it’s not the same old story with the Mets. They’re finally hitting!
In the month of August, they’re first in the league in runs, home runs, and runs batted in. Yoenis Cespedes looks like a great deadline pickup, David Wright looks great since coming off the disabled list, and Michael Cuddyer is thriving in his role off the bench. Curtis Granderson is continuing his solid season, Daniel Murphy is having a prototypical Daniel Murphy season, and Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson look like great depth acquisitions.
And let’s not forget about the Amazins’ stellar pitching staff. With the Mets’ not-so-anemic offense, the pitching staff can now surrender more than a couple of runs and still win games. Mets pitchers have a combined ERA of 3.43 in the month of August. So, as you can see, the Mets are pitching with a lot more room for error.
The only way the Mets won’t make the playoffs is if they have a 2008-like collapse. Nearly everything is clicking for them. The bullpen has begun to get a little shaky, but the backend of Tyler Clippard and Jeurys Familia is tough to beat.
Besides the innings limits on some of their young pitchers, the only tough decision the Mets are going to have to make is the three-man postseason rotation. Any of the five starters are good enough to pitch in the three-man rotation. Matt Harvey and Jacob deGrom seem like locks at this point. Some would argue about Bartolo Colon‘s experience is good to have in the rotation, but many are looking to see what happens with Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz. Syndergaard has been phenomenal at home and terrible on the road. The very few starts for Matz were electrifying. I feel like they’ll both be great additions to the bullpen. I believe Jon Niese will be the third starter barring any major collapse. That would be one tough rotation, and they can easily guide the Mets to the World Series.
No longer are the Mets one year, two years, three years away. The time for the Mets is now! With arguably the best pitching staff and with a not-so-terrible offense to boot, the Mets look primed for postseason success and are finally looking legitimate again.