For some reason, I couldn’t sleep last night, so I got caught up on both the site as well as the Mets season.
It amazes me that this team has post four of their projected ‘dream rotation’ and have still managed to stay competitive in September. This wouldn’t be happening, by the way, if rosters were not able to be expanded and more pitchers could be sent out to the bullpen.
Look, here’s the plan when something like this happens.
1. You pitch the remaining two ‘starters’ (Syndergaard and Colon) with the goal of getting six solid innings out of each of them
2. You then pitch Gsellman, Ynoa, and Lugo with the goal of getting five solid innings out of them.
3. You reduce those innings as quickly as things go bad, or, in the case of Lugo, when your gut instinct is telling you that you are about to lose a lead before the fifth inning ends.
4. 80% of your games will have Addison Reed pitch the 8th inning
5. 80% of your games will have Jeurys Familia pitch the 9th inning
6. You go to your choice of worship and say a prayer that Steven Matz will be back this weekend.
7. If not, you have 11 more pitchers to fill in the cracks that include most of the 6th innings, all of the 7th innings, and a few of the 8th and 9th innings.
I didn’t expect the team to here this late in the season. There’s a lot of good things going on right now, including the managing of Terry Collins (sorry Reese)… but, there also is a ton of bad things… all the injuries… lack of hitting/throwing by TDA… and the September swoon of Reyes, Cespedes, and Bruce.
But I’ve watched the last two games on my Sports South feed (damn Braves) and it really feels great being back in another pennant race.
I don’t expect the feeling to last long, but I’ll take it in a bad year.