Worry Not, Mets Fans!

NieseAs we reach the last two weeks of the season, the common theme among posters on internet boards and the Twittersphere is what to make of the last 48 hours.

“Oh My God – is this 2007 and 2008 all over again?”

“Are we going to blow it another time?”

‘We are doomed…”

It’s time for everyone to take a breather, grab an adult beverage and relax!

With a six game lead, Mets manager Terry Collins is putting on the relaxed pose as he spoke to the media before Monday’s 4-0 victory over the Atlanta Braves, reducing their magic number seven.  The common theme was to relax, play hard, basically state that:

“It is what it is.”

Collins quickly diffused some issues concerning his pitching staff.  Matt Harvey, who came off a solid 5 innings Sunday night against the Yankees, will pitch every fifth day.  He may not get a full complement of pitches to throw for the night, but he will see consistent action throughout the remainder of the season.

“In golf”, said Collins, “if you play every 12 days, your game will suffer.  If you play more frequently, your game will be better.”

Basically, Harvey remains a constant for the remainder of the season.

As for Jacob deGrom, Collins will give him a few extra days to recover and regain the magic.   Collins feels that he has been working hard, but he needs some rest.  Collins will do what needs to be done to get guys rest, as well as find the right match-up against the right pitcher as needed in the next 13 days.

Collins told the team after the conclusion of the Sunday night game to relax.

“Did we not stay in first place after this game?”, he asked the team in the locker room. “Let’s get the music on, and get ready to play tomorrow.”

Well – the Mets did just that.

As for the Amazin’s last night, Jonathon Niese came up with the type of game Collins was looking for from him.  He was solid, allowing only three hits in six innings.  Sixty-three percent of his pitches (88) were for strikes, and he got the first eight outs of the game via the ground ball.  His velocity was consistent in the low 90s, and his performance gave the ball club a much needed lift.

Yoenis Cespedes seemed to get out of his mini-slump with three hits (two doubles).  Michael Conforto, the winner of the Mets Sterling Award for the best minor league player of the year, hit his eighth home run of the season- a bomb to left-center field.  Daniel Murphy drove in two runs in the seventh inning after Shelby Miller (5-16)was removed from the game. Miller, a hard-luck pitcher has not won a game since May 23rd.  Over those 22 starts he is 0 and 14 with a respectable 3.68 ERA.

The Mets play two more with the Braves this week before heading on a six game road trip to Cincinnati and Philadelphia, then returning home for the final series of the regular season against the second place Washington Nationals.

One thing is certain- there will be some serious baseball in Flushing for the next two weeks.

Then – the playoffs? Why on earth would Mets fans have to worry about that?