The Giants were not an easy team to beat. They have some of the best pitching in the NL and had the best record in the NL West until this weekend (where they dropped to second, following the two Mets walk-offs). The only game that could have been a quote-unquote gimme was the Wellemeyer start, however if the Mets lost that game, I would have blamed the offense more so than the bullpen blowing the save since they did not take advantage of that junkballer.
So I guess my points, taking two out of three from the Giants, regardless of how they were won or lost as Solly points out, is never a bad thing. Take them as they come.
What I am truly concerned about though is this upcoming week against two NL East teams -- the Nationals for a three-game series at home and a four-game series in Miami against the Marlins. Right now, the standings are as such:
Mets 17-14 (2)
Nats 17-14 (2)
Marlins 14-17 (5)
Braves 13-18 (6)
Who would have thought that the Nationals would be "tied for second place" in the division, anytime this season, right? The Nationals are on a streak, taking the last two in a three game series against the Marlins, who are surprisingly not seeming as scrappy as they normally are (except, of course, against the Mets earlier this season).
To say that this series at home is a must-win this early in the season seems ridiculous, but the fact is, if the Mets are going to be taken seriously at all within the division or within baseball, they have to take no less than a sweep of the Nationals series.
Yeah, you read that right.
Until May 21, when interleague games start against the Yankees, the Mets are playing nothing but East teams (and have no off days, by the way). These series will separate the men from the boys and hopefully, the Mets from the tight pack of the NL East right now. I said it in 2007 and I will say it again in 2010 -- these series, if the Mets do not win the majority of the games or at the very most sweep a series here and there, we will look back at these as the ones that got away. Mark my words.
The time to make a statement is now. Or for Senor Solly specifically: it's time someone put their foot down. And that foot...is the Mets.
Save the Date!! The Coop has been asked to participate in a reading of Mets Bloggerati All-Stars at Two Boots Tavern at Grand Central Terminal on Tuesday, May 18, at 7 pm, for the next installment of Amazin' Tuesday!