“We’re happy with the way the team’s played over the last 10 games,” general manager Sandy Alderson said. “We’ve got another 10 that we have to focus on, and another 20 after that. Things can change over a 10-day period or a 10-game period, as we’ve seen. I like our chances.”
Already, the Mets have waded past the most treacherous segments of their schedule. Following a three-game series this weekend against the Nationals, the Mets will play 12 of their next 15 games against three last-place teams: the Reds, Braves and Twins. Six games loom against the fourth-place Phillies, who have already begun the process of shutting down young pitchers with an eye toward next year.
Familia sets Mets’ save record
MIA@NYM: Familia notches 44th save for club record
Jeurys Familia gets Miguel Rojas to ground out, notching his 44th save of the season to establish a new Mets record in the 5-2 win
That’s not to say things will come easy for a Mets club missing Wright, Harvey, Walker, Lucas Duda, Zack Wheeler, Juan Lagares and others for the rest of September. It’s just to say a club that was 5 1/2 games out of a playoff spot as recently as Aug. 19 won’t need to work as hard as some others to make up ground.
“We’ve played good teams and played them well,” manager Terry Collins said. “So we’re very optimistic that we can continue this.”
September callups will also mean more for the Mets than most teams, for two reasons. One is Michael Conforto, the Opening Day starter in left field who slumped badly throughout the summer, but has since recovered to post a gaudy stat line at Triple-A Las Vegas. Even if Conforto only gives the Mets limited at-bats off the bench, he becomes another weapon at Collins’ disposal.
Cespedes’ walk-off solo homer
MIA@NYM: Cespedes sends Mets home with walk-off jack
Yoenis Cespedes comes through in the clutch with a mammoth walk-off homer to left-center field in the 10th to give the Mets a 2-1 victory
The other reason is the simple fact that injuries have sliced this Mets team into tatters. Forgetting those players who are done for the year, the Mets are battling on a daily basis to keep a healthy team on the field, trying to give Cabrera and Yoenis Cespedes extra rest whenever they can. A few extra bodies on the bench will help.
It’s not as if the Mets are foreign to this type of situation. It was only a year ago that they shocked baseball with their late-season run, not only making the playoffs but riding their wave all the way to the World Series.
There’s a quiet confidence around Flushing that they can do it again.
“I’m satisfied that we’ve done what we can to make sure that we’re as competitive as possible,” Alderson said. “Given everything that’s happened over the course of this season, I think we’re in a good spot. If we continue to play the next 30 days the way we’ve played the last 10, we’ll be in good shape.”
Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
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