WHAT A TEAM! by Tom Brennan
I can give you 25 good reasons the Mets are going to the World Series (26 if you include Ruben Tejada), but let me briefly highlight what I have found amazing.
In 6 of the 9 games, the Mets faced four of the finest pitchers on the planet - not wearing Mets' uniforms, that is.
Kershaw, Greinke, Arrieta, and Lester tossed 890 innings this year, went 68-28, struck out 954, WHIP of a ridiculous 0.90, and ERA of 2.20.
Yet the Mets beat them up. And won 7 of 9.
Daniel Murphy was beyond miraculous with the bat, but I was equally impressed by his extreme hustle and enthusiasm. Totally unreal.
Jake deGrom? Magnificent, whether he had his best stuff or not. Three And Oh. Oh my.
Noah Syndergaard? Simply electrifying. Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive.
Matt Harvey? The Dark Knight was superb.
Jeurys Familia? In Mariano Rivera's class and that is all you need to know.
Lucas Duda? Showed he can damage mortal pitching.
Curtis Granderson? The consummate lead off man. He gets on and can still steal bases.
Bartolo Colon? Cool as cool can be under pressure.
David Wright? See comments on Duda, and that miraculous snag of a liner with the bags full saved the Mets yesterday.
Everyone else? Pretty darned fine too. Lots of great moments for Cespedes, Matz, d'Arnaud and others.
Love the way this team loves each other. Chemistry is off the charts.
Thrilling to watch, now some R&R before the World Friggin' Series.
Mets in 5. The pitching is just too good....and we have Murphy.