The New York Mets have struggled for the bulk of the 2019 season, at their worst 11 games under .500 and 14½ games behind in their division. But a three-week hot streak has inexplicably pulled the Mets into real, live playoff contention. As the Mets try to salvage what was once a lost season, let’s take a look at what is real and just how New York finds itself in this suddenly advantageous position.
There was another comeback, another celebration, another delirious crowd. It was just another night at Citi Field. The non-stop party in Flushing resumed Saturday night, as a sold-out crowd witnessed the hottest team in baseball pull off its eighth straight win, 4-3, over the Nationals, with a pair of eighth-inning runs. The Mets, who were 11 games under .500 just one month ago, have now won 15 of their past 16 games, marking their best run since 1990.
On Sunday, the Mets did two unusual things. If you want to be rude, you can include them sweeping a series from the Pittsburgh Pirates as a third, but the first two are more notable and also let’s be nice. One of those unusual things was that, in a departure from the norm, the team did not use a “Sunday lineup.” If you don’t know what that is, you have 1) followed baseball during the last three or four decades and 2) not followed the Mets. Sunday lineups, in which teams rested some number of regular starters, were once more common in baseball, but more or less every team in the league abandoned the practice long ago.
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Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson has lived with trade rumors throughout the summer, and they finally came to fruition Friday night when he was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Granderson knew the possibility of leaving New York was there, but he continued to prepare as if he was going to finish the season with the Mets.
After 2,263 minor league plate appearances and some idle moments fantasizing about his MLB debut, Dominic Smith walked into the New York Mets' clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park on Friday and located his locker stall near the entrance to the showers. He glanced at the No. 22 name plate at the top, changed from his street clothes into his uniform and settled in for what he hopes will be the rest of his baseball life.
Matt Harvey reminded his Mets teammates of someone familiar on Thursday night, in his season debut against the Atlanta Braves: Himself. It's an extremely small sample size, but according to his teammates, the 2017 version of Matt Harvey is looking a lot like the 2013 or 2015 version of himself. "Not only with his pitches, but just his demeanor out there too," catcher Travis d'Arnaud said. It wasn't just the way he pounded the strike zone and went after hitters, it was also the way he repeated his delivery and located all of his pitches.
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This didn't quite sink to the level of the infamous lineup that may well have been a tipping point for GM Sandy Alderson last July, with John Mayberry Jr. and Eric Campbell hitting fourth and fifth against Clayton Kershaw. But it sure wasn't far from it.
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Final: Mets 3, Dodgers 2
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Never change, Mets.
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