The Mets are 9.5 games up with 18 games left to play, so the divisional race is over right?
Well, not exactly.
If you’re a Mets fan who remembers the painful late season collapses of 2007 and 2008, you’ve seen the ceiling come crumbling down in an instant.
The 2015 New York Mets feature a new front office, manager, assistant coaching staff and roster, but the anguish and suffering from those two September swoons from long ago lurk deep in the psyche of even the most diehard and optimist Mets fans.
That sinking feeling you feel in the pit of your stomach and bitter taste in your mouth has yet to subside given that the Amazin’s haven’t made the playoffs since their magical 2006 season.
Last year Sandy Alderson said the Mets were capable of winning 90 games. The Mets won 79 games in 2014 and fell well shy of the general manager’s lofty goal.
This year the Mets are sitting pretty at 83-61—well within striking distance of Alderson’s 90- game win total.
New York’s magic number is just 10 and its currently riding an 8-game win streak.
It’s a strange feeling for a fan base that has been subjected to sub .500 records the past six seasons and felt the ill-effects of a cash strapped ownership group unwilling to add high priced players to upgrade the club.
The entire complexion of the organization has change and the Mets are enjoying a renaissance period in 2015.
With good vibes aplenty at Citi Field, Mets fans need to enjoy the ride and live in the moment because the good times don’t come around often in Queens.