A REMARKABLE SEASON by Tom Brennan
What a remarkable season. Major injuries to Wright, Duda, Harvey, deGrom, Matz, Lagares and Walker, the non-return of Wheeler and Mejia, lesser but still significant injuries to Cespedes, Flores and Cabrera - all that and:
Somehow we get Wild Card home field on game #161 after going 27-12 in the past 39 games. We get to trot out the rookies for a meaningless game 162 while the Cards and Giants duke it out on (for them) do-or-die game # 162.
We shatter the team's home run record, and trot out two guys who were pummeled in Vegas, in Lugo and Gsellman, and they go 9-2 for the Mets since August 23. Remarkable.
We somehow pick up James Loney cheap, and he does a remarkable fill in job for Lucas Duda. And Jose Reyes overcomes a dark moment and becomes a huge and remarkable part of the fabric of this team once he got here - indispensable. Remarkable energy, as always.
One wondered if Curtis and Jay would ever start to play, and then in September they were more than OK - they were remarkable.
A remarkable 51 saves by Familia and equally remarkable set up pitching by Addison Reed.
And TJ Rivera, like Gsellman and Lugo, is forced into a key September role fresh out of Vegas - and is outstanding at .333.
More remarkables than one can share.
What a remarkable season, whether we win that Wild Card game Wednesday or not. If they do win, it will be remarkable - but not the least bit surprising.
Let's Go Mets.