Before I continue, I again want to express deep condolences to the Miami Marlins on the loss of Jose Fernandez. I also want to commend the Marlins for playing in the face of Sunday’s tragedy, and to the New York Mets for their compassion as well. This was one of those times where life was bigger than the game, and for a moment, a playoff race seemed insignificant.
Although the Mets did take 2 out of 3, I was not upset that the Mets did not sweep. The Marlins played Monday’s game in honor of Fernandez, and as was the case with the Mets in 2001, it was a win that goes along way for the Marlins and their healing process.
Going into the last 3 games of the regular season, the Mets find themselves two and a half games ahead of the Cardinals, so if Cardinals lose one game out of their last 4, the Mets would only need one win against the Phillies to clinch a playoff spot. Since they are also a game and a half ahead of the Giants for the second spot, it would be reasonable to say that two wins this weekend will seal the deal. Both of these scenarios will be clearer after Thursday night’s games.
Here are the 3 stars from the Marlins series:
The Bullpen: 12.1 IP, 0 ER, 9 Hits allowed, 4 BB, 13 K’s
Much has been written about the overuse of the Mets bullpen the past few weeks, but their performance in this series helps set up the rotation for the upcoming possible playoff games next week. 9 relievers took over after the starters were pulled no later than the 6th inning. With Bartolo Colon only tossing 47 pitches on Monday, he can be used this weekend if the Mets have not clinched a spot by Saturday. Otherwise Colon is ready to go for the first playoff start.
Curtis Granderson: 7 for 12, Double, 4 Runs, 3 RBI’s
Granderson is starting to hit the ball, and become more patient at the plate. With his 4 for 4 night on Wednesday, Grandeson has reached safely in 8 consecutive plate appearances.
Jay Bruce: 4 for 11, 2 Home Runs, 2 Runs, 4 RBI’s
The Mets leader for Home Runs in this series is….Bruce? After not hitting a home run for 13 straight games, Bruce has knocked one out on 2 consecutive nights. His 4 RBI’s tied him with Lucas Duda for most in the series. Looks like Bruce’s bat is starting to wake up at just the right time.
The Mets now head to Philadelphia to close out the regular season, while the Giants will host the Dodgers after a game with Colorado on Thursday, while the Cardinals wrap up their series with Cincinnati before hoping to find a way t win at home against Pittsburgh this weekend.