Aside from another horrible outing on behalf of Eric O’Flaherty, the Mets played like a playoff team tonight-dare I say, World Series team?
Michael Cuddyer is finally coming around, driving in three of the Mets six runs, including a two-run shot in the eighth inning.
One of the most important parts of the Mets recent success is the depth that they have. No matter if they play Recker or d’Arnaud, Tejada or Johnson, Conforto or Lagares, Wright or Uribe, the team finds ways to win ball games. Everyone contributed a little something tonight-aside from Cuddyer’s three RBI’s, Grandson, Cespedes, Murphy, Flores, Conforto, and Uribe all got hits. Had the lineup been completely different, there is no doubt in my mind that they would’ve found a way to score and win this ball game anyway-it’s just the kind of team they are right now.
What concerns me is the bullpen. A playoff team cannot rely on their setup man and closer to have long-term success. Aside from Sean Gilmartin, who in my opinion is the most underrated player on the team, Tyler Clippard and Jeurys Familia are the only consistent relievers. Aside from Fernando Rodney and Joaquin Benoit, there aren’t a whole lot of options on the trade market. In-house, the Mets have Dario Alvarez, Vic Black, and Josh Smoker to choose from. In a perfect world, both Steven Matz and Erik Goeddel could potentially come off the DL and help the bullpen in early September.
Actually, no-in my perfect world, Bobby Parnell wouldn’t have been given the ultimatum of a DL stint or being Designated for Assignment, and Buddy Carlyle wouldn’t have gone on the 15-Day DL with minor back troubles in May, have hip surgery in July, and miss the rest of the 2015 season. But, maybe that’s just me.
Following a Nationals loss this evening, the Mets are now 6.5 games ahead of the Nationals-their largest lead of the season.
Jon Niese goes for the four game sweep tomorrow night against Aaron Harang of the Phillies. The game will be broadcasted on SNY at 7:05pm from Citizen’s Bank Park.