Mets Game 131 Recap: The Class of 2014 Comes Through

Maybe there was a plan after all.

Last night 2014’s top draft pick Michael Conforto combined with Curtis Granderson and Bartolo Colon, the Mets two 2014 Free Agent pickups to give the Mets a 3-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies last night. With the win and the Washington National’s 8-5 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals, the Mets begin September with a 6 and 1/2 game lead over the Nats for the Eastern Division crown.

Colon was brilliant again last night, with eight shutout innings over the seemingly hapless Phils, striking out nine. His fifth inning single in front of Granderson’s 23rd homer of the season gave the Mets a 3-0 lead. Earlier in the same inning, Conforto blasted his fourth homer into the left field stands. The early returns on Conforto have been encouraging to say the least. No less of an authority than Keith Hernandez gushes over each at bat; although it must be remembered that Keith was also a big fan of Matt den Dekker.

Perhaps a signal moment occurred in the 9th inning, as Jeurys Familia gave up hits to the first two batters of the inning. Up to the plate strode Ryan Howard, one of the last vestiges of the Phils’ glory days. With one swing of the bat, Howard could have easily turned the entire game and perhaps the Mets season, around. Instead, Familia, channelling his inner John Franco, walked Howard to load the bases. He then induced ex-Met Jeff Francoeur to hit into a double play, scoring a run. Familia then just barely avoided a game tying homer to Andres Blanco before whiffing him for the final out.

Deep breath, deep breath. As I shared earlier, I have a superstitious streak in me when it comes to baseball and I do believe in omens. If the Mets are going to blow this lead, last night would have resulted in either Howard, Francoeur or Blanco hitting a game tying homer, followed by several innings of pure torture before a Phils win. Instead, Familia (who is probably the Mets MVP this year) was able to slam the door shut. Speaking of omens, this win on the last day of August tied the team record for wins in that month, which was set in 2000, the last year the Mets went to the World Series.

So, now we run the gauntlet of “meaningful games in September.” The schedule maker has certainly been kind to the Mets, but it is still incumbent on them to get the job done.  I like the fact that they are adding Steven Matz and Addison Reed to their somewhat beleaguered pitching staff. While they still have those Washington games, although almost all of the pressure is in the other dugout at this point, as that team has almost no room for error.

See you tonight.

 

 

A Mets fan since 1971, Dan spent many summer nights of his childhood watching the Mets on WOR Channel Nine, which his Allentown, PA cable company carried. Dan was present at Game 7 of the 1986 World Series and the Todd Pratt Walkoff Game in 1999. He is also the proud owner of two Shea Stadium seats. Professionally, Dan is a Marketing Manager in the Bulk Materials Handling industry. He lives in Bethlehem PA with his wife and son, neither of whom fully get his obsession with the Mets.
  1. Colin September 1, 2015 at 1:54 pm
    I have a very serious question for everyone to consider: Does Yoenis Cespedes have the best eyebrows in the game of baseball? Clearly switching to the orange arm band made him feel pedestrian last night. lets see the canary yellow back. he hits homers and doubles in yellow.

    This thing is getting genuinely exciting. A bonafide race in Sep.

    Lets go Cards. Lets go Lefty.

  2. DaveSchneck September 1, 2015 at 3:22 pm
    With Alderson’s acquisitions and the Sept call ups, this group is about as set as any group I have seen in a long time at playing Sept. baseball. Time will tell what happens, but all many of us have asked for is just to field a “complete” team, regardless of cost (high or low), and go play ball. I have been all over Alderson, but he needs to get an A for where they are Sept. 1. It’s not over yet, and Dan, I am not counting any eggs before they are hatched, but it seems to me the Met fate (and divisional title) will be decided based on what happens on the field, which is long overdue and quite refreshing.
  3. Mark Bavaro September 7, 2015 at 9:07 am
    Is this blog finished? One post a week tops lately. It’s almost like now that the Mets are competitive for the first time since 2006-08, the content has dried up. It’s sad– this was always my favorite Mets blog.
    • DanB September 7, 2015 at 9:38 am
      Joe did say earlier in the year (when the Mets were not doing well) that he had personal and work issues to deal with. Let’s hope he comes off the DL and plays like he used to. In the mean time, I wonder if there is a wineblog where one writer keeps complaining about the owners of his favorite winery. And how the mechanics of the brewing process is going to cause an injury.
    • Steve Hussy September 7, 2015 at 8:16 pm
      We’ll get there. I’ve been tied up with work too, but none of Joe, Cappy or the blog are dead. I’ll write a summary of the Nat series after Thursday’s game. Can’t wait for the Harvey-Zimmermann match-up tomorrow. I sense Harvey will be breathing fire.