Mets Games 158, 159: Split With Nationals

Nationals 3 Mets 0

Mets 7 Nationals 4

It’s official: the Mets will finish the season with a losing record. However, there is still a very good chance they will win 80 games — and that’s only 10 off from their preseason goal.

Mets Game Notes

I saw neither of these games, not even one pitch. I probably will miss tonight’s game as I’ll be on the road on my way to a weekend in Atlantic City to work at the DO AC Boardwalk Wine Promenade. If you’re going, be sure to attend the Italian wine seminar at 3 PM (both days) and look for me. I might miss Saturday’s game as well, and almost assuredly will miss Sunday’s game (though I may watch it on the DVR when I get home that night). Please, no need for a Derek Jeter-like send-off — I’m not planning to retire (yet).

But back to the baseball …

More news on Travis d’Arnaud — it’s been reported he has an “elbow injury,” whatever that means. However, the injury won’t impact 2015, according to an unidentified source. Unless that source is a doctor, I’m not giving it any credence one way or another. Perhaps this is Anthony Recker‘s opportunity to shine. Or Juan Centeno‘s. But not Kevin Plawecki‘s, as he’s not on the roster. However, Bobby Abreu is, and he can provide veteran guidance to the youngsters through these final three games.

It just occurred to me that there is a very real possibility of the Mets, Braves, and Marlins finishing in a tie for second place. That would be AMAZING. Imagine, all three teams would be both tied for second and tied for second-to-last. Has that ever happened before? I’m rooting for it to happen, only because it seems so bizarre to me. How would such a second-place finish sit with you, as a Mets fan?

Next Mets Game

Mets and Astros do battle on Friday night beginning at 7:10 PM. Jon Niese faces Brad Peacock.

Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.
  1. Murder Slim September 26, 2014 at 12:48 pm
    2 more wins… 2 more wins… 2 more wins. Not only will it mean that the Mets probably finish second (for the utter meaninglessness of that) but I get money.
    I tend to be positive, and winning 4-6 more games is at least something, even though it’s indicative of a weak NL field. I suppose the Mets were the 7th best NL team this year.
    The bar has been lowered so much that even the Mets will struggle to limbo under it next year. Unfortunately the five good teams have pole vault poles.
    • argonbunnies September 29, 2014 at 4:06 am
  2. Dan B September 26, 2014 at 12:50 pm
    If the Mets finish second it would remind me of “Sixteen Candles” when Anthony Michael Hall’s character proclaimed himself king of the geeks.
    • Joe Janish September 26, 2014 at 3:08 pm

      That’s BRILLIANT, Dan B!

  3. argonbunnies September 27, 2014 at 12:30 am
    It’s official: with the Reds’ loss, the Mets can finish no higher than 11th in the draft order. Cue the excuse for no FAs.

    As for the pick itself: if the season ended today, the Mets would draft 14th. If they out-lose the Padres, Marlins and Rays over the weekend, they could go as early as 11th. It’s seemed to me that in recent years the draftee quality has taken a big step down somewhere between #8 and #12, so this might actually be relevant.

    Joe, I’d be curious to hear any final thoughts you have on Wheeler. Did you get the screenshots I sent ya?

    • Dan B September 27, 2014 at 3:05 pm
      I thought this would be the year the Mets confess they have no money to spend on players. After all who believes they have money but choose not to spend it for baseball reasons (as if cutting the scouting budget and playing in La’s Vegas are baseball decisions). But yet again Jeff Wilpon has already declared Alderson has money and if he doesn’t spend it then it is Alderson’s decision. No wonder he got the extension. Alderson agrees with a straight face.
  4. david September 28, 2014 at 9:56 pm
    Fellow die hards, it is now 6 losing seasons in a row. Let’s all thank Jeff and Fred in the usual manner.

    We deserve better.

    Next year once again. Perhaps the team should focus more on winning and less on uniform changes, logo changes (sorry Citibank), field changes and single parenting.

    The burning memory I will have this year was Sandy saying its not all about wins. That sums up this team at this time.