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From today’s “Good News” file: The Mets sweep of Minnesota this weekend, combined with the Giants split of their 4-game series with the Cardinals, gives the Mets sole possession of the top Wild-Card spot by one game with 13 games left to play.
Form the “So You’re Saying There’s A Chance” file: The Nationals have lost 2 in a row to the last-place Braves. The Mets are now just 8 back of Washington. I know, I’m not saying that it will happen. Washington winning the Division is probably a foregone conclusion, but stranger things have happened.
Before we head into the last 2 weeks of the regular season, here are the three stars of the Twins series:
Gabriel Ynoa: 4.2 Innings Pitched, 1 Earned Run, 4 Hits, Walk, 8 Strikeouts
I have mentioned before that the Mets strength coming into the season has now become their biggest concern. The celebrated starting five is now down to just Noah Syndergaard and Bartolo Colon, and a group of four rookies, with Jacob deGrom out for the season. Ynoa made his first career start, and became the latest rookie to impress with solid stuff. Steven Matz should return soon, so Ynoa may be the first one left out when he does.
T.J. Rivera: 6 for 13, Double, Home Run, 2 Runs, RBI.
When Dilson Hererra was traded away, I’m sure that many of our thoughts turned to who would play second next year, if Neil Walker did not return. Rivera’s .344 batting average has given me the thought that maybe he could fill that role next year. In 61 At-Bats this season, Rivera has drawn just one walk.
Curtis Granderson: 3 for 10, 2 Home Runs, 2 Runs, 3 RBI’s.
This weekend’s sweep would not have been possible if not for Granderson’s extra-innings heroics on Saturday night. Granderson hit a Home Run in the 11th to tie the game, and smacked a shot just inside the right field pole with 2 outs in the 12th to win it.
With their record now at a season-high 11 games over .500, the Mets now set their sights on the Braves, who arrive Monday for a 3-game set. With the Giants playing the Dodgers, they also hope to increase their lead for the Wild Card.