Mets’ dream season would turn to nightmare with wild-card exit

It has been an ideal Mets common season. Winning 101 video games ain’t simple, or they would have accomplished it greater than as soon as prior to in 60 years. 

Max Scherzer is the whole thing they may have was hoping for, price each and every penny of that $43.3 million. 

Jacob deGrom were given again at the mound for the second one part, and is it sounds as if right here to assist when it counts. 

Francisco Lindor were given his mojo again

Jeff McNeil forgot in regards to the alleged rat or raccoon, or no matter it used to be, and gained himself a batting name

Brandon Nimmo scored 100 runs and turned into a Gold Glove-caliber heart fielder. 

Pete Alonso solidified his standing as a slugging famous person. 

Yes certainly, our crew from Queens had one heck of a standard season. There’s indubitably about that. 

Then, after all, there used to be that ultimate Atlanta weekend, through which they wanted to win one in all 3 video games, they usually didn’t do it, making this complete horrifying weekend sequence as opposed to the Padres important. 

“We should really be damn proud of what we accomplished,” Alonso mentioned. “As much as woulda, coulda, shoulda, we won 101 games. That’s something to be really damn proud of. … I feel like we have the ability to be the last team standing. And regardless of where we are in the playoffs, to get to where we want to be, we have to beat every team anyway.”

The Mets face a harsh fact within the wild card.
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That feels actually true now, with what they face. It’s a frightening gauntlet nobody but even so their first-round opponent should undergo. They could have to win 3 rounds, and rather most likely two in opposition to 100-win groups — the juggernaut Dodgers and the nemesis Braves — simply to get to the World Series. 

In some way, it’s all very Mets-like. 

One-hundred-and-one wins must were sufficient to get them a bye in Round 1, however in true orange-and-blue style, it used to be one win too few. 

The season used to be about 99 % nice. But in the event that they don’t beat San Diego, nobody will have in mind. Or care. 

There’s so much to like about this crew, and lots for them to worry. 

Should the Mets lose, truthful or now not their nice 101-win season might be much less remembered than their disastrous wasted weekend in Atlanta that caused this undesirable wild-card around. 

You may say it’s very Mets that they’re the one crew with 100-plus wins to have to undergo this additional around. You may name it unfair. But sadly, it’s fact. 

And let’s now not child ourselves, this wild-card matchup is some distance from a certain factor. The Padres weren’t terrified of the Mets and saved making an attempt to win till the very finish. That’s not like the Phillies, who “rested” NL house run champion Kyle Schwarber and megastar catcher J.T. Realmuto in sport No. 161 in opposition to Justin Verlander, making sure their standing because the 6th seed and putting in a date with soft-tossing St. Louis. You can’t truly blame Philly. They had been 4-15 in opposition to the Mets this 12 months. And nobody needs to face the Scherzer-deGrom combo. 

A Padres individual showed they didn’t give a hoot, announcing, as Alonso did, that they knew they’d have to beat the most productive groups within the playoffs, anyway. They’ve persisted a ton already. Their complete common season, thank you to uber-talented, however immature Fernando Tatis Jr., who disqualified himself with his amateurish chemistry efforts, has been very cleaning soap operatic. 

Give them this, best to backside the Padres’ group has go-for-it kind guts. That’s how Juan Soto were given to San Diego. While Soto continues to be being used to San Diego (it’s laborious to consider why any individual wishes to acclimate himself to America’s most pretty burg), we all know him smartly right here. Soto has a 1.173 OPS at Citi Field. He loves it right here, and he, for one, hasn’t ever feared the Mets. 

Soto’s former Nationals crew coincidentally simply made a fast prevent in Queens that can have lifted the spirits of the Mets, who wanted that pick-me-up after their disastrous weekend in Atlanta. Alonso identified, “Even though people look at that Atlanta series as the final thing, realistically, there were there other opportunities to win the division.” 

What he mentioned is all true, after all. They misplaced 3 in opposition to the also-ran Cubs, and dropped a couple of extra video games to non contenders. 

But lifestyles within the large town comes with a value. And a part of that value is if they don’t win this sequence as opposed to San Diego, truthful or now not, we can all focal point on that Braves sequence. And possibly just a bit in this Padres matchup. 

If they lose now, nobody will recall they spent $290 million and made us put out of your mind the Madoff years. 

No one will remember the fact that they introduced in 4 large loose brokers, they usually all had been nice. 

No one will recall they gained extra video games than all in franchise historical past however that loopy bunch in 1986. Yes, even yet another than the ones Miracle Mets of 1969. 

If they don’t get previous San Diego, the 101 wins will grow to be not anything greater than a footnote to an excessively sorry finishing.

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