Wednesday, April 17, 2024

I Was Wrong

June 3rd of last season. 120 games ago. 318 days ago. That was the last time the Mets had a winning record. They were 30-29 and I thought they were headed for another playoff appearance once everybody was healthy. I was wrong.

16 days ago, the team was 0-3 on its way to 0-5. If you had asked me then if the 2024 Mets could go 9-3 in their next 12 games, I would've asked if you're buying your ayahuasca from a certain Jets quarterback. I was wrong.

Yet here the Mets are, 9-8, bubbling over with confidence as a new hero emerges every day. The latest and greatest was Joey Wendle, who replaced Brett Baty and delivered a double to drive in the winning run. When Wendle originally came to the plate, I was thinking maybe a squeeze bunt to try and tie the game. I was wrong.

On Wednesday, Luis Severino will try to deliver his third straight solid outing. I confess, after his forgettable first start, coming off a horrific 2023, I figured he would be out of the rotation already. I was wrong.

So now the future looks good. The offense is scoring runs and delivering in big spots. The pitching has been good (best ERA in NL), and reports have Kodai Senga on track to come back late May. Edwin Diaz is back and the bullpen looks legit again. And now I have playoffs and maybe even an NL East Division Title dancing in my head. I hope I'm not wrong.

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