If you read Twitter or fan comments anywhere, you would be forgiven for thinking that the Mets world is imploding around us. Yes, the Mets lost the first two games of the World Series, but this is no time to throw in the towel. Or worse, get on the ledge.
First of all, this is the way it is designed. The home team is supposed to win the first two games, which the Royals happily did. Now it’s on to Citi Field, where the Mets are supposed to win two, if not three, games. So let’s give the team a chance to perform in their own house before the doom and gloom sets in.
Of course, the Mets did not look particularly good in Game 2. The pitching did not hold up, and except for Lucas Duda, the rest of the Mets lineup was held hitless. The Mets look like they might be in one of those pre-Cespedes slumps. If that’s the case, Noah Syndergaard better pitch the game of is life on Friday. Because if they lose Game 3, there will be plenty of more Mets fans on that ledge.
Looking back in Mets history might offer some solace. They lost the first two games in 1986 (at home, no less), and came back to win the World Series. However, a more recent comparison might be apt. In 2000, the Mets came oh so close to winning Game 1, losing in extra innings. The series was virtually over right there. The same thing happened Tuesday night. But that does not mean a repeat that five-game Subway Series loss is in the offing.
The Royals are a very good team, much better than any of us thought. Still, the Mets are a pretty darned good team as well. They are in the World Series, aren’t they?
There are only two teams currently playing baseball. Defying all odds and predictions, the Mets are one of them. Can’t we just enjoy this?