Mets Should’ve Pressed This After Game 20

Many point to the Mets’ 11-game winning streak as the pinnacle of the 2015 season (thus far). I’d argue that the euphoria extended a few days further, to April 27th, when the team was 15-5 and still ten games over .500.

Now, 52 games later, while playing 10 games below .500, the team is 36-36. Has it really been 52 games since the Mets were flat-out dominating the NL East?

Had they known where they’d be right now, and had there been such a thing, I wonder if the Mets would’ve pressed this to stop the season cold:

emergency-stop

What about you? Are you looking forward the remainder of the 2015 season, or gazing back at that swiftly fading memory when hope sprung eternal?

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. Bat June 24, 2015 at 9:57 pm
    The Mets will rebound.
  2. argonbunnies June 24, 2015 at 10:06 pm
    Definitely looking back and fondly remembering that 7-5 comeback win against the Marlins when it looked like Mets hitters had gotten over the hump and might be confident in the clutch. Also fondly remembering David Wright.

    My playoff hopes for 2015 are dim, but I’ll still be watching, there are always surprises and cool things and interesting storylines and heroes of the moment. Jacob deGrom for top 5 Cy Young, maybe? Dilson Herrera — who’s right, the scouts who think he’s a future All-Star or the scouts who think he’s peaked early like Tejada? The losing does get miserable, though, and I have a lot of ire for the folks responsible.

  3. Meticated June 25, 2015 at 1:32 am
    I am 10,000 miles distant…so it still hurts, but simply stings…I throw up my hands, just not my stomach. This team’s composition is so different than the Royals and they are a small market team that rebuilt from bare bones…how is it that we have not been able to acquire or raise draft picks that run, field and hit? I recognize fully that we have the dominant pitching staff, however how did we wind up with “on the downside of their careers” veterans, combined with players with barely a tool in their arsenal?…I realize that this is a rhetorical question, but even the yankees, loathe i mention their name, have developed minor leaguers that contribute as positional players and we haven’t raised one since Edgardo Alfonzo. Ok I exaggerate… still we suck!
    • argonbunnies June 25, 2015 at 4:08 am
      Always nice to hear Fonzie’s name mentioned. I was trying to recall the Mets’ last great clutch hitter — you know, someone who came through because they elevated their game, not just because they were ALWAYS good — and Fonzie was who came to mind.

      Wright was clutch as a kid, but the 2007 collapse and the weight of subsequent expectations and disappointment utterly killed that, and I’m not sure any Met hitter has gotten it back since.