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The Mets can’t miss this great opportunity

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It was Port St. Lucy in February 2003, when 40-year-old David Cone last tried to return. He made the following observations as he sat in the Mets Club building and studied the famous veterans on the list:

“There’s a lot of talent here, but the Mets need something else. In 1996, with the Yankees, we needed Derek Jeter to be the new starter of the year. It has to be something for the Mets, a young mug or a young third baseman to be a real surprise. “

Kone completed his return after five meetings, and the team he left behind won a terrific 66-95 victory. But his thoughts were on the only thing the Mets had survived from hell in another season. The team usually needs something unique to inspire them to strengthen the championship.

Like Jacob deGrom, he came to the fore like a few precious people, dead or alive.

Will the Mets use deGrom’s dominance as rocket fuel for the October deep march? No such situation was felt in Atlanta on Tuesday night. The Mets ’nine defeats in their previous 14 games have left a three-game split over a strong nation that has never been as sensitive as it was at the start of the seventh inning. The Braves won 3-0, and Charlie Morton, the man with 100 wins in his career, made a positive journey, allowing the Mets just two flawless singles.

Jacob deGrom
Jacob deGrom dominated for the Mets.
Bill Kostroun / New York Post

Apparently, the visitors were going quietly through the night, allowing the citizens, who had beaten the lights for their 13th win in the last 16 games, to halve the NL’s Eastern deficit. The Mets’ junior Thierry Megill hit two-thirds of the shots unequally, scoring eight of them, but plate master Adam Beck acted like one of those NBA referees who didn’t believe in giving up. rookies fair whistle. Megill finally split the two singles into Ronald Akuna and Freddie Freeman, and then hit Ozzie Albies three times in a change that came at 85 miles and went out at 100.

What happened next was the first sign he had hoped for in a while. The Mets have realized that they will not let this season go by as many other players are leaving. James McKenna responded to the Albies three times with his homer, which put Morton at 101 in his career victory. Of the same importance, Francisco Lindor has finally done the job of paying $ 341 million in ballplayers – leading the Mets to hold two 4-3s on them.

It was a small picture victory that deserved to be structured in the context of the big picture. As they raised their record to 41-34, the Mets seemed to realize the priceless opportunity that lay ahead of them. Who knows when the Eastern National League will be so weak or how long deGrom will be healthy and become the most feared terminator of the game? And while we’re here, who knows, when the Yankees will be more fragile, ready to give the Mets the city key. Maybe they can make it official at The Bronx this weekend.

James McKenn is celebrating his three-run home run on Tuesday.
James McKenn celebrates his three-run home run with the Mets ’4-3 win over the Braves.
AP

But first things first: remember the 2015 World Series, and was it supposed to be the beginning of something amazing? Now the Mets, who have been in the playoffs for four years in a row, have one top-flight player from that 2015 World Series – Michael Conforto.

Another example is that nothing but failure and pain is guaranteed in baseball.

When deGrom won its second Cy Young Award two years ago and Pete Alonso delivered 53 homers and 120 RBIs to win the new rock of the year, the Mets finished three games off the Weil card. Last year, according to the most forgiving pandemic instructions, everyone and his brother made it to the playoffs – all except the Mets and their brothers.

They can no longer spend deGrom time and basic time. The Mets had to be more patient with the injuries they had, but throughout the year they faced two of the most dangerous strikers – Lindor and Alonso. So there was no excuse to enter this Atlanta series an average of 3.59 times per game, the second-worst result in MLB (behind Pittsburgh).

But on Tuesday night, they outperformed their average in the seventh inning. Conforto and Jeff McNeill are in the back and Brendon Nimmo and JD Davis are on the way, the Mets have enough to keep control of the NL East, especially if they can’t get Kyle Schwarber-ed again until August.

The division is here and at the same time a great baseball city once ruled by dynasty targets by Yankee legends.

The Mets have such a great opportunity here. On Tuesday night, they acted like a team that didn’t want to blow it up.

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