By Keith Gendron
Recently, this Mets team has a different feel to it. Beginning 9 days ago Sandy Alderson made a deal and brought in some major league talented offense acquiring Kelly Johnson and Jose Uribe from the Braves. Three days later he strengthened the bullpen acquiring Tyler Clippard from Oakland. Wednesday night around 9pm est, word got out that the Mets were acquiring Carlos Gomez from the Brewers in exchange for Zach Wheeler and Wilmer Flores. We all know how Flores was currently playing in a game at the time word got out and that Terry Collins left him in regardless of the rumor as he hadn’t received word by his boss. The “deal” broke off, with Milwaukee saying the Mets pulled out of the deal due to money and the Mets saying it was due to Gomez hip issues was enough cause for concern. With the Nationals coming into town, Mets fans were clamoring to put up or shut up and get us a Bat. Three and a half hours before first pitch, the Mets finally traded minor league talent for a two month rental in right handed slugger Yoenes Cespedes. The move caused a buzz in the crowd at Citifield and Matt Harvey appeared to feed off it pitching into the eighth inning striking out nine in a no-decision. It was a night of redemption as the Mets won in the bottom of the 12th with a leadoff, walk-off homer by the Wilmer Flores beating the Washington Nationals 2-1. The newest favorite son of Flushing, who was all but traded 48 hours previously, received standing ovations for his great defensive play robbing a sure hit from Yunel Escobar, each at bat and for hitting the game winner.
Last night behind Jacob deGrom’s rising pitch count and six inning appearance, Yoenis Cespedes’ Mets debut, Lucas Duda kept his hot streak going by driving in all 3 Mets runs in a 3-2 victory with 2 homers and a double.
Tonight, Noah Syndergaard faces Jordan Zimmerman for game 3 of this weekend series which has gone in the favor of the Mets. Mets fans have a new sense of confidence. We already knew we had dominant young, stud starting pitching and now that we were given bats, that this idea of making it to the post-season is truly becoming something that appears very realistic. In a sense this team is realizing it’s worth and like Wilmer Flores is fighting for everything it deserves.This team is no longer hoping to just sneak in, but appear poised to take the National East by the horns and aim for division champs. No better way but to sweep the Nationals and make them aware that there’s a new team to contend with in this division and making the playoffs might just be a path through the Mets!