Six straight games, all close, all decided by a late inning or walkoff home run. The result: three wins and three losses. What this six game roller coaster (which comes after an 8-game winning streak) really says about the Mets is open to interpretation.
You could either say:
A) The Mets have shown an amazing clutch ability to come back late in games. They are fearless and keep fighting until the last pitch. These late inning victories give the Mets confidence that they can bounce back.
B) The Mets can’t put away opponents and allow opponents back into the game in the late stages. Even when the Mets are scoring runs they can’t protect the lead. They need to pull a rabbit out of a hat on many nights to win. Unless Rod Barrajas hits 30 more home runs then the Mets are doomed.
I’ve had thoughts from columns A and B during the roller coaster. Friday I was at the 5-4 victory over the Giants; I witnessed a home run barrage, including a moon shot from rookie Ike Davis for his second dinger of the game and of course the walkoff from Rod Barrajas for his second dinger of the game. I also saw a clutch, inning ending catch from Davis folded over the Mets dugout wall, which was a nice shot of adrenaline after Frankie Rodriguez’s blown save. But I’m on the fence as to whether the Mets showed toughness and resiliency in bouncing back, or if they got incredibly lucky.
Either way, I suppose its good to get as many reps as possible in the close game scenarios. Resilient or lucky, at the least the Mets will later be able to say they’ve been there before when it gets to nail biting time at the end of games.
Or could it be that the greatest gain this weekend was that Jason Bay is semi-starting to hit? Couple of straight 2 RBI games…maybe a sign the slumping days are in the rear view? Lord knows the Mets (and my fantasy team) sure hope the answer is yes.
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Written by Mark Reichman