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Match point

Posted by keithosaunders on October 15, 2015

This is the 3rd playoff series between the Mets and the Dodgers.  The first, in 1988, featured Orel Hershiser pitching a complete game gem in the 7th and deciding game.  Who can forget Mike Scioscia’s shocking, game-tying home run off of Dwight Gooden in game 4; a game the Mets lost in 12 innings. (Kirk Gibson’s 12th inning home run was the difference)

In 2006, which was the last time the Mets were in the post season, they swept the Dodgers in the NLDS.  There are two players, one from each roster, that are playing in this current series.  They are Andre Ethier and David Wright.  That 2006 Dodger squad included veterans Kenny Lofton, Greg Maddux, Jeff Kent, and Nomar Garciaparra.  The Mets had a more youthful lineup, featuring Carlos Beltran, Jose Reyes, and the aforementioned Wright.  Their roster also included veterans Carlos Delgado and Cliff Floyd. That Mets team would go on to lose a heartbreaking NLCS to the St Louis Cardinals and the next two years they would suffer gut wrenching late-season collapses.

This brings us to tonight’s series-deciding epic matchup between another veteran Dodgers team and an upstart young Mets club. Jacob deGrom versus Zack Greinke.  If deGrom falters manager Terry Collins will use Noah Syndergaard and even Matt Harvey. (Scott Boras be damned)  I imagine big Bartolo will be on hand as well –  anything it takes to get to the one pitcher that matters the most: Jeurys Familia. For if he is in the game that’s a good sign that the Mets have a lead and what was once unthinkable — a trip to the NLCS — may yet come to pass.

Let’s go METS!!!

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Blow taps on the Reyes era

Posted by keithosaunders on December 7, 2011

The inevitable has finally happened — Jose Reyes is no longer a New York Met.  The Marlins, doing their best impression of the Miami Heat, offered Reyes a boatload of money — something that is in short supply in Met-land these days.

A lot of Mets fans are outraged at the loss of their homegrown star.  I think it’s a shame they couldn’t keep him, but I am not devastated by this move.  Even with Reyes in the lineup the Mets are not close to contending.  Let’s face it, that ship sailed long ago. 

The Mets had great shots in ’06, ’07, and ’08.  A Yadier Moliona game 7 homer, followed by consecutive September collapses, followed by a myriad of injuries slammed that window shut. 

Even if they signed Reyes, who’s to say he would stay healthy?  You’ve got a player, now in his thirties, with a history of leg troubles.  I’d rather start over and build something from the bottom up.  The Mets couldn’t win with Reyes, Wright, and Santana in their prime.  I say back up the truck!

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