The Mets had an incredible comeback win Friday night, and I know I said this before, but perhaps this is the win that turns their season around.
I wrote the same thing earlier this month following that huge win over the Braves. For a while it was the beginning of a great run, but then the All-Star break came and the Mets stumbled out of the gate. But maybe Friday’s win will make it a permanent thing.
To recap, the Mets were down 2-0 in the ninth inning when Daniel Murphy led off with a double, David Wright singled him in and Lucas Duda hit a two-run home run and just like that, the Mets had a 3-2 lead. Jenrry Mejia nailed down the save in the bottom of the ninth.
So will this be the spark that sends the Mets on an extended run of excellence? Sadly, no. The Mets are a good enough team to give us occasional thrills like this, but they are just not built for the long haul. A lineup this flawed just cannot sustain winning, unless of course everyone gets hot at the same time and stays that way. That is improbable.
Sandy Alderson could rectify this with bold moves for a couple of big bats at the trade deadline, but we all know boldness is not Alderson’s forte. Instead, the Mets will play out the string, winning some exciting games but losing a little more than they win. I predict a 78-84 record, which would still be the most wins in the Sandy Alderson era.