As I’ve said all year if and when they puncture that 10-games-over plateau, maybe the temperature rises.
Well. Here we are on September 18, and there they are, and I guess I’m all in.
Here’s another weird thing. When in the same post I suggested a 21-12 finish over their last 33 games was what they would need I hadn’t realized that was also their precise record through their first 33 games. That day (May 11 after a 4-3 win in Los Angeles), the Mets reached nine games over .500 for the second time in the young season. They were also nine games up at 20-11 two days before.
The Mets this season in fact knocked on the Magical 10-games-over barrier eight times before finally breaking down the door last night: May 9 (20-11); the aforementioned May 11 (21-12); May 27 (28-19); July 7 (47-38); then a long break till four more tries — Sept. 9 (75-66); Sept. 11 (76-67); Sept. 13 (77-68) and Sept. 19 (78-69).
As for my 21-12 goal, they’re on their way at 12-6 though the first 18, and just 9 of the last 15.
Figuring out who pitches Game 4 of the division series requires a whole different set of complicated arithmetic, but I’m glad today has arrived. Onward!
With all the recent lineups having starting players wearing numbers in the 50s and 60s, have any of them exceeded the highest combined number (279?) for a starting lineup?