Cyclone Warning – A Stretch Run Alert!
Stop the presses - we got a playoff hunt on our hands! A real live pennant race, Mets fans, right here in NYC! No, not the Mets of course, but the next best thing…
There is a Cyclone Warning for the five boroughs!
As recently as two weeks ago the Brooklyn Cyclones were scratching and clawing, and trying to contend for a wild-card berth in the NY Penn League Playoffs. But lo and behold, the seemingly unstoppable Staten Island Yankees, are wilting in the heat of summer.
Back on August 2nd, the Mini Evil Empire, stood alone atop the division standings at 33-11, good for a .750 winning percentage. The Cyclones meantime, were languishing 6.5 games behind them. Since then, the Yankees have lost 12 of their last 16 games, dropping their record to 37-23, and their winning percentage to .617.
Those scrappy boys from Brooklyn, obviously smelling blood in the water, have turned up the heat on the Yankees and the rest of the league as August wears on. With a record of 26-23 on Aug. 6, the Clones have now gone 8-2 in their last ten games, to improve to 34-25 which moved them just 2 1/2 games back. The Cyclones are playing their best baseball of the year.
And if that isn’t cool enough, the Clones are also chasing Williamsport for the wild-card. At 36-24, Williamsport is 1.5 games ahead of Brooklyn, one up in the loss column, with 15 games to go. They too, have won 8 of their last 10 games. Williamsport’s final 14 games of the season may work against them because 9 of those games are on the road, and while their home record is 22-8, their road record is 14-16.
The Yankees are 9/6, Home/Away for their remaining games, and the Cyclones are 7/8. The S.I. Yankees and the Cyclones finish out the season with the final three games in head-to-head competition. Hopefully those games will have a lot of meaning.
About the Author: Peter Shapiro
The first time I went to Shea was not for a Mets game, it was for the Beatles concert there in August of '66. My first Met game was '67, a guy named Salty Parker was the interim-manager then. My first pennant race was 1969. As a 12 year-old that summer and fall, I managed to get to the park for 3 games. The first was the beginning of the Miracle which actually started on Tuesday July 8, 1969 with a day game against the Cubs. I was there a lot in '73. I saw games 3 & 5 of the 1973 NL Playoffs against the "Big Red Machine", from the upper deck behind home plate. It was from there that I witnessed the fight between Bud Harrelson and Pete Rose, and the mayhem that ensued. And that sweet victory in game 5! I saw a couple of WS games at Shea that year against that legendary Oakland A's club. I was there in 1985 for every single game Dr. K pitched including his two 16 strikeout performances, and the day he one-hit the Cubs on an infield single and the Mets won 1-0. I loved being a Met fan in those days. Hopefully we are once again preparing to emerge from the darkness.
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