We were of course hoping for the four-game sweep of the Braves after winning the first three games. But if anyone said the Mets would win three out of four prior to the series, no one would have turned that down. So good job, Mets.
It was also nice to see the Mets respond to Terry Collins’s comment before it started that it was a “huge” series. Instead of folding under the pressure, it apparently brought out the best in the team.
The Mets entered the series 10 games under .500 and 10 games out of first place. They are now eight games under .500 and eight games out of first. Now they have to follow this with a sweep of the Marlins, which would put them in third place and only five games under .500 leading into the All-Star break. It would also give them seven wins in their previous eight games. That would be a nice feeling going into the break.
I still do not think the Mets are good enough to compete for a playoff spot this season. But hopefully they can at least be competitive and entertaining for the rest of the year, giving us something to watch and some hope for 2015.
Along those lines, I think the Mets should trade Bartolo Colon sooner rather than later. If the Mets can shed his $11 million salary for 2015 to put towards hitting and get some possible chips to help for the future, it would be a double bonus. Colon will not be needed next season and can easily be replaced this year with a youngster who can use the experience.
So perhaps things are looking up for the Mets for the first time in a long time. Let’s hope I do not have to eat these words after the Marlins series.