Is this real life?
What in the world is going on in Queens?
I’m fully aware of everything that’s happened. I’ve watched every single game and then again on replay. I was in the building for Game Two of the NLCS last night.
I still do not believe what I am seeing.
After nine years of failure, heartbreak, dashed hopes, anger and—at some points—apathy, the Mets are not only back in the postseason but they are making one hell of a run.
I’ve said it a lot the past few weeks, but it continues to reign true so I’ll keep on saying it—this team isn’t supposed to be here.
The Nationals were supposed to completely run away with the National League East while the Mets continued to toil in mediocrity. The Amazin’s met that challenge, and Washington a distant memory.
As they began the postseason, not much was expected from them still.
“They haven’t beaten anyone all year.”
“They played in a weak division.”
“They’re still the Mets.”
All words from critics (some more respected than others), whom have been proven wrong up until this point.
Not only did the Mets defeat the favored Dodgers and their gaudy payroll in a fifth game in Los Angeles to clinch their Division Series win, and not only do they have a 2-0 series lead against the 97-win Cubs, but they’ve been facing the best crop of aces in baseball and still succeeded.
In six of their first seven playoff games this October, the Mets have faced Clayton Kershaw (twice), Zack Greinke (twice), Jon Lester and Jake Arrieta.
They’ve won four of those games!
What’s going on in Flushing is difficult to describe, but incredible to watch. Each and every night a different pitcher 26-or-younger continues to go out their and out pitch these veteran stars, and of course there’s Daniel Murphy.
If ever there were an unexpected postseason hero on this Mets roster, it’s Murph. This guy has always been a productive hitter for this team, but never has he performed like this or shown the kind of power he has.
In seven games, Murphy already has five home runs—the most in one postseason by a Mets player in franchise history—and has now homered in four consecutive playoff games off of those afformentioned four elite starting pitchers.
This is after I worried leading up to the postseason that Murph would be more like Brooks Conrad—who committed three fielding errors in an elimination game for the Braves in 2010—than Cody Ross—who became the Giants first postseason hero that very same year.
Clearly I was wrong, not just about Murphy, but about this entire team and what I expected from them.
This all still feels like one big dream to me, but it’s one that I relish, and one I’ve been waiting a long time to experience.