The Mets did it again. Down three runs to the Nationals heading into the bottom of the ninth last night, they won in extremely dramatic fashion. And right now, it’s a little hard to come up with the words to describe what they’re doing and what it feels like.
The natural comparison right now is the stretch run the team put together in 2015 as Yoenis Cespedes came to town and the Mets went on to make it to the World Series. But that team’s low point in the standings came when the Mets were 4.5 games back in the division in early July. The lowest point emotionally came in their July 30 loss to the Padres in a game they absolutely should have won, one day before the Cespedes trade.
Even at those low points, though, that version of the Mets had a winning record at the end of the day. They won 90 games on the season, but they only spent a handful of days at or under .500 over the course of the entire season. The 2019 Mets dipped under .500 on May 4, and they didn’t get back over .500 until the second of their two wins over the Marlins on August 5.
If this all sounds like what I wrote yesterday, that’s understandable. It’s stunning that the Mets entered the weekend with a chance. Then they stunned us all again last night. At the rate they’re going, we probably shouldn’t be surprised by anything going forward.