The Mets are embracing their role as underdogs in their Hollywood movie
Lights. Camera. Action.
As the Mets move closer and closer toward the opening act of their Hollywood movie, they prepare for a role that isn’t all too unfamiliar for them—the underdogs.
The Dodgers, favored by Bovada in Vegas to win the series, are the ones that are supposed to be here, not the Mets. The Dodgers have Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke leading their pitching staff. The Dodgers have power bats with postseason experience in Adrian Gonzalez and Yasiel Puig. The Dodgers have a $300M payroll.
They’re supposed to be here. They’re supposed to be favored. But for the Mets? That doesn’t mean a thing.
“If people want to anoint one team the underdog and one team the favorite, that is fine,” David Wright told reporters this week. “I like our chances. We’ve got a very good team and we’re going against a very good team, so it should be a nice series.”
For this Mets team, they’ve faced adversity since day one. The Washington Nationals were anointed as the darlings of the National League prior to the season starting. With World Series aspirations and expectations, the NL East crown was all but won before a game had ever been played, and the Metropolitans were nothing but an afterthought in the eyes of many.
The Mets overcame that, adversity, however, as long as some brought on by themselves. Barely holding water in late July due to an underperforming offense and a myriad of injuries to their key players, GM Sandy Alderson did what had to be done, called up Michael Conforto and acquired Juan Uribe, Kelly Johnson and Yoenis Cespedes to transform their offense, as well as trading for Tyler Clippard and Addison Reed to bolster their bullpen.
This team did what had to be done and wound up accomplishing something believed by some to be unfathomable. They shocked the baseball world, and became champions of the National League East.
Why is this any different?
To Mets, it’s not. This is a confident group, one that knows what they’re capable of.
“The fun’s just starting,” Yoenis Cespedes—the man who carried this team for over a month—told reporters earlier this week.
That brief display of confidence by Cespedes was not an isolated incident, as it was echoed by the team’s manager as well. “We can do this,” Terry Collins said.
It’s been an incredible ride for the New York Mets in 2015, but they know that more can still be done. On Friday they enter yet another situation where nobody believes in them but themselves. They’re ready to take on that challenge. They’ve played the part before.
As for the fans? I suggest you get your popcorn ready. It’s gonna be one hell of a ride.