Not sure how to feel about this weird new universe in which things just always go the right way for the New York Mets, but I suppose we’ll get used to it.
Take last night for example. If I told you, even a couple of weeks ago, that the Mets would have only one run through seven innings and then find themselves behind three times, what odds would you have put on them winning the game? Pretty low, right? Twenty percent? Ten? It’s the Mets we’re talking about here. The old Mets, maybe. The new Mets win when they’re behind. They win in dramatic fashion. They just seem to do nothing but win.
Last night they came back from behind in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings against the Tampa Bay Rays, capped by rookie Michael Conforto hitting a game-tying double in the ninth and then, three batters later, new hero Wilmer Flores hit the a go-ahead single. It was the Mets’ seventh straight victory. And, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the first time a team trailed and eithe tied or took the lead in each of the seventh, eighth, and ninth innings of a nine-inning win since the Yankees did it in beating the Blue Jays on August 23, 2005.
Meanwhile, Washington snatched defeat from the jaws of victory against the Colorado Rockies, blowing a 4-0 lead that held until the seventh inning. That one was topped off by a Carlos Gonzalez three-run homer off of Drew Storen in the eighth inning.
Entering last weekend’s series against Washington, the Mets trailed by three games. Now they sports a two and a half game lead in the NL East. Can’t keep ’em down.
Let me guess: it involves Ken Caminiti, Andujar Cedeno, Steve Finley, Roberto Petagine, Brian Williams, Derek Bell, Doug Brocail, Ricky Gutierrez, the bad Pedro Martinez, Phil Plantier and Craig Shipley? No? Well, dang:
The Padres are said to be open for business, with Justin Upton, Craig Kimbrel, Tyson Ross, James Shields and Andrew Cashner, at least, available. The Astros have already made a huge splash at the deadline adding Scott Kazmir and Carlos
Gonzalez Gomez. They are, apparently, loading for bear. Or Angels.
The Denver Post spoke with Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado about the Troy Tulowitzki trade. He’s not exactly pleased:
“I was shocked, we all were, by Tulo getting traded. I’m hurt. Tulo’s been the one guy who has been by my side ever since I was in (Single-A) Asheville. It’s disappointing. That is not the guy I wanted to see go . . . I don’t know any of these dudes we got. But I think if we were going to trade Tulo, I would think it would be for an ace, an established veteran pitcher. Obviously we are starting to rebuild from the ground up.”
He also assumes Carlos Gonzalez is out the door next and says he’ll be disappointed at that too.
The Rockies are thought to be trying to sign Arenado to a long term deal. It doesn’t sound like he’s all that enthused by the organization, however. Of course he’s a Scott Boras client who is eligible for free agency in a couple of years and team loyalty is just as quaint a concept to guys in that position as it is to the folks who do things like trade Troy Tulowitzki, so let’s not get too emotional here.
Still: if you’re a potential free agent with leverage these days, why exactly would you want to sign with the Rockies anyway?