Wake me up, when September ends. Do not be deceived, Green Day is not coming to town. For the Mets however, the playoffs are schedule to appear in Flushing this fall for their second annual run at the World Series title.
Exactly twenty games remain on the schedule for the Metropolitans in this 2007 season, not one of which is against a team clinging to a spot in the post season. According to the Elias Sports Bureau it is the easiest schedule in all of baseball to close out the season’s final month.
For the very first time a midst this roller coaster ride of a campaign, the Mets are not only winning in clusters but the fashion in which they have done so is all the more impressive. They are carrying themselves with a ruthless, take no prisoners approach. They’re very good and at times, unbeatable. They recognize this and have seemingly come together at the doorstep of the Fall Classic.
They have won seven of their eight games in September and eight of their last nine contests overall. To complement their ballooning division lead, Pedro Martinez has returned with a new shoulder and revitalized repertoire but has been nothing short of remarkable.
He stands unblemished with a 2-0 record and has allowed only two earned runs to touch home plate in ten innings of labor. It is to be noted however, both runs were surrendered in his first inning of work in just under one colander year. The rotation has also received a tremendous boost due in part to the renaissance of top pitching prospect, Mike Pelfrey. The young stud has been stellar in his first two outings since being recalled for roster expansion. His first two starts have both resulted in victories, his only two to speak of in 2007.
Following the world ending sweep at the hands of the Phillies to close out August, the entire culture of the season was altered, in all ways for the better. It served as a gut check, for a team that desperately needed one. They departed from Philadelphia on that Thursday afternoon as the 2007 team. Disappointment and inconsistency was the label they wore. Touch down the following evening at Turner Field and I thought for certain I saw a squad that eerily resembled that of 2006, magic was in the air.
With this September surge perhaps delivering the final blow to the Braves and Phillies, the only question up for debate in Flushing is who the Mets will host to open the playoffs, as they bid for the most illustrious prize in the game.