(Alleged) PED Users Belong in the Hall of Fame

The next class of baseball immortality will be announced Wednesday at 6 PM. One ballot, everybody knows the rules. HOWEVA, there is an added twist this year, as former MLB Commissioner Bud Selig was elected to the Hall this past December. He took over during some of baseball’s darkest days, which included a strike-shortened 1994 season, an All Star game that resulted in a tie, and a bogus rule change to try to make All Star games matter. In his attempt to make baseball great again, Selig turned a blind eye towards the ‘bulk’ of the league ingesting performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) of all shapes and sizes. These roided-up metahumans were hitting and pitching balls harder, better, faster, and stronger than ever. Bud Selig’s election makes this year’s election a hot button issue. If the main enabler is let into the pearly gates of the Hall, then I see no reason why PED users should be left behind.

First of all, performance enhancing drugs were not illegal for at least part of these players’ careers. There wasn’t even drug testing in the MLB until 2003. Half of the allegations attached the these players is hearsay that hasn’t been proven in over two decades. These men took a legal competitive advantage and (most of them) stopped once their actions became banned. The Hall of Fame currently has members that threw spitballs, stole signs, were openly racist, and even were members of the KKK. So if the Hall of Fame is trying to hold out PED users citing some character issues, they have to take a long look down their own hallway to see what kinds of people they have let in previously.

Lets take a look at this year’s ballot. If the rules are TL;DR, you get to vote for up to 10 players. If a player gets at least 75% of the total votes, they’re in. If a player gets less than 5% of the total votes, they are off of the ballot for good. This year’s ballot has 15 returning players, and another 19 new players.

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Here’s who I think belongs in the Hall this year. They’ll just be in alphabetical order to keep things simple.

Jeff Bagwell

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That batting stance always baffled me, but Bags held it down for 15 years in Houston. He could hit for both power and average, as he totaled 449 career HRs while maintaining a .297 career batting average. He was a model of consistency, and has a Rookie of the Year award and MVP on his mantle to prove it. He just missed out last year with 71.6% of the vote, so I think he’s a shoo this year.

Barry Bonds

The Home Run King. Barry Bonds has been the main face of the MLB’s witch hunt to tackle former PED users. However, he never failed a drug test (as far as the public knows), so he should be given the benefit of the doubt. He holds the career record for HRs, walks, and was awarded the MVP award 7 times over his career. He is also the only player in MLB history to have 500+ home runs and 500+ stolen bases. For about 12 years, every at bat that Bonds had was must watch television. As the voters get younger, and the ballots become more and more public, I think more voters will start to check off Bonds. I think he’ll end up in the 69% (nice) range.

Roger Clemens

Where to begin with Roger Clemens. He’s the most dominant Red Sox pitcher not named Pedro Martinez to take the mound for them. He won 354 games and struck out 4,672 while maintaining a 3.12 career ERA. His rivalry with Mike Piazza was truly one of a kind, and it would’ve been incredible for the duo to be elected into the Hall together last year. Roger won 7 Cy Young Awards while also winning the MVP in 1986. I hope that this is the year that the voters get it right, but Roger may still be a year or two away from the Hall.

Vladimir Guerrero

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If you look up “free swinger,” a picture of Vladimir Guerrero pops up. Vladdy would routinely swing at pitches well out of the zone and poke them into the outfield for a hit. What is even more impressive is that he never struck over 95 times in a season, and hit .318 for his career. He also boasted an absolute cannon of an arm in right field and could throw a strike from 300 feet away. He ended up tied with Jeff Bagwell with 449 career HRs. I want Vlad to get in this year, but I think he falls just short of the 75% mark.

Trevor Hoffman

Trevor Hoffman never got the credit that he deserved primarily because he pitched during the same time period as Mariano Rivera. While MO was the sexy closer around the league that warranted a whole retirement tour, Hoffman finished ‘only’ 51 saves behind him in his career, tallying 601. He and Mariano were two of the first real closers in the MLB and their impact on the game is very prevalent today. I think that Hoffman should get in this year.

Manny Ramirez

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Manny’s legacy is largely tarnished due to two failed drug tests in 2009 and 2011. However, those both took place during his final days in the league (his rookie year was 1993). Manny Ramirez’s swing was the second most pure and beautiful behind newly inducted Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. He totaled 555 career home runs and 1,831 RBIs while hitting .312 for his career. He was a colorful personality both on and off the field, and will forever be remembered as one of the integral parts of the 2004 Boston Red Sox team that reversed the curse. I’m interested to see how the voters decide with Manny, as this is his first year on the ballot. I’d estimate a little under 50% select him.

Ivan Rodriguez

Pudge could very well be the best defensive catcher to ever play the game. Not only did he have a cannon for an arm, he sustained a 21 year career at one of the most physically demanding positions in all of sports. He won 13 gold gloves! Pudgey could swing the ball as well. He put up 311 homers, a .296 career average, while winning the MVP in 1999. Put him in this year.

Curt Schilling

Pretend Curt Schilling never created a Twitter account. That may be the one thing holding him back from entering the Hall of Fame. Curt’s become a very right winged voice on the Internet and has found himself out of ESPN’s broadcasting booth because of it. But, don’t let the tweets fool you; Curt Schilling was a phenomenal pitcher in an era that was damn near impossible to pitch in without an edge (PEDs). Schilling had a Maddux-like approach and ended up walking only 711 batters compared to his 3,116 strikeouts over a 20 year career. Without being able to blow by hitters, Schilling relied on incredible poise, control, and nasty stuff to win games. He was able to strikeout 300 batters in a season 3 times, and will most likely be remembered for his performance in the 2001 World Series vs. the Yankees, and of course, the ‘Bloody Sock Game’ during Boston’s 2004 World Series run. Given his social media presence, however, I think that Curt is still a couple years out (if he doesn’t make things worse).

Gary Sheffield

Sheff had the big gold chains, the big arm in the outfield, and an even bigger swing.

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Sheffield played from age 19 to age 40 on a slew of teams. After a phenomenal season in San Diego in 1992, Sheff was stuck behind on the Florida Marlins’ depth chart and was unable to truly showcase his talents again until 1996. The next year, the Marlins won the World Series. Had Sheffield been given a better opportunity to play during those 4 years, who knows what he could have done. He ended up with 509 HRs while batting .292. He also won up 5 Silver Sluggers over his career. It might take him a couple years to get the required 75% of votes, but he should eventually get in.

Sammy Sosa

Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire may have single handedly saved baseball in the summer of 1998. It wasn’t a matter of IF one of them was going to break Roger Maris’ single season home run records, it was a matter of WHO and BY HOW MANY. McGwire ultimately won the race, but the buzz circulating the duo was much needed in winning back the fans. Sosa was a spark plug for the Chicago Cubs and his bunny hop after roping a shot into the streets.

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He’s been trending downward in recent years, but with Selig’s election, hopefully Sosa gets headed back in the right direction towards the Hall.

 

Well, there you have it. Depending on who you ask, up to 8 players on this list have been linked to rumors of using performance enhancing drugs. While only a couple of these cases have actual evidence, the circumstances surrounding their situations should be enough to green light these men into the Baseball Hall of Fame. The ‘Steroid Era’ will forever be a part of baseball history, and it’s memory should be celebrated like any other era, without an asterisk or any of that other nonsense.

 

P.S. Larry Walker, Jeff Kent, and Tim Raines were close to making this list. Tim Raines might actually get elected this year in his final year of eligibility, but I wasn’t around for the majority of his career. Besides his 808 stolen bases, his stats don’t jump off the paper, and I also don’t have a grasp of what his impact on the game was.

P.P.S. Let Pete Rose in the Hall of Fame.

P.P.P.S. Let Mark McGwire in the Hall of Fame.

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Trevor’s Declassified MLB Wild Card Survival Guide

October baseball is upon us. 10 teams remain, and 2 will be eliminated by Wednesday night. Each team has a storyline as good as any other, and tempers may flare up at any moment.

The Boston Red Sox are looking for a heroic sendoff for David Ortiz. The Cleveland Indians are fighting a battle against their own reporters. The Texas Rangers were the most aggressive team at the trade deadline and secured home field advantage. The Baltimore Orioles are sick of being the little brother in the AL East. The Toronto Blue Jays are looking for sweet, sweet revenge after losing in last year’s ALCS.

The Los Angeles Dodgers are fighting speculation that they can’t close out a series. The Washington Nationals hope that Daniel Murphy can rekindle his playoff magic of last year. The Chicago Cubs are looking for their first World Series victory since 1908. The San Francisco Giants squeaked into the playoffs but have won the past 3 even year World Series. The New York Mets overcame multiple season ending injuries and are still boiling hot over losing the World Series at home last year.

10 teams, 10 stories, 1 winner. Now here’s everything you need to know about the Wild Card games.

AL Wild Card Game

Baltimore Orioles (Chris Tillman 16-6, 3.77) @ Toronto Blue Jays (Marcus Stroman 9-10, 4.37)

With both the Baltimore Orioles and the Toronto Blue Jays ending the season at 89-73, the Jays get home field advantage due to their 10-9 season record against the Orioles. This is a rare instance in the MLB in which 3 teams from the same division all clinched a playoff berth. That being said, the O’s and the Jays know each other inside and out. In fact, Tillman had just pitched against Toronto on September 28th, and Stroman had just pitched against Baltimore on September 29th.

Chris Tillman is 1-0 with a 3.63 ERA in 4 starts against Toronto this year. Marcus Stroman, on the other hand, is 1-2 with a 7.04 ERA in 3 starts against Baltimore. The Blue Jays probably would’ve preferred to be able to start one of their top 3 guys this game (Aaron Sanchez, Marco Estrada, or JA Happ), but they were all needed to clinch the Wild Card spot in the last series of the year against the Red Sox.

They’ve got to hope that their veteran bats can come alive Tuesday night if they want to secure a victory. The Jays have averaged an American League low of 3.69 runs per game since September 1st. With the reigning MVP in Josh Donaldson, RBI champion Edwin Encarnacion, and a healthy Jose Bautista, its difficult to believe that their bats will be silenced forever. The Orioles can compete in a slugfest as well. They have the Major League leading home run hitter Mark Trumbo on their team, as well as MVP candidate Manny Machado and all-star CF Adam Jones. Both teams hit a lot of home runs, but they also both strikeout a lot. It’ll be fun to see how this one turns out.

Baltimore Orioles

The Baltimore Orioles are led on offense by 3B Manny Machado (.294, 37 HR, 96 RBI), 1B/DH Mark Trumbo  (.256, 47 HR, 108 RBI), CF Adam Jones (.265, 29 HR, 83 RBI), and DH Chris Davis (.221, 39 HR, 84 RBI). The team as a whole has hit 253 home runs while only surrendering 183. They have 2 good starters, Chris Tillman and Kevin Gausman, and have had some decent starts from veterans Ubaldo Jimenez, Yovani Gallardo, and Wade Miley. Their most valuable asset on the mound this year has been lefty closer Zach Britton. He went a perfect 47-47 on save attempts, while only giving up 4 earned runs in 67 innings of work, good for a 0.54 ERA. To put that into perspective, Mariano Rivera’s best season ERA was 1.38.

The Orioles are looking for their first World Series appearance since they won the whole thing in 1983. They have consistently been a decent team and have been waiting to make the hump over the Red Sox and Yankees since the 1990’s. Their 2014 campaign ended in the ALCS against the Royals, so the promised land may not be too far out of reach.

Toronto Blue Jays

The Toronto Blue Jays score a lot of runs. They’ve put up 759 while only giving up 666 on the season despite their troubles in September. The Blue Jays can thank 1B Edwin Encarnacion (.263, 42 HR, 127 RBI), 3B Josh Donaldson (.284, 37 HR, 99 RBI), and SS Troy Tulowitzki (.254, 24 HR, 79 RBI) for their production in the absence of Jose Bautista. Joey Bats missed 46 games this year but managed to hit 22 home runs and knock in 69 runs. He hit 5 of those at the end of September, so maybe we’ll see this again:

If the Blue Jays do move on, they could make a serious run due to their pitching depth. They have the ERA champion in Aaron Sanchez (15-2, 3.00 ERA), 20 game winner JA Happ (20-4, 3.18 ERA), and rising star Marco Estrada (9-9, 3.48 ERA). They also have former Cy Young Award winner and knuckleballer R.A. Dickey on their staff who could be a very valuable asset in an away game in a windy climate (New York, Chicago, San Francisco?).

NL Wild Card Game

San Francisco Giants (Madison Bumgarner 15-9, 2.74) @ New York Mets (Noah Syndergaard 14-9, 2.60)

The National League Wild Card game will feature two of the best starting pitchers in all of baseball. Noah Syndergaard and Madison Bumgarner hold the 3rd and 4th best earned run averages in all of baseball, respectively. They are also two out of the 12 pitchers in all of baseball to record 200 or more strikeouts this season. Both pitchers have a successful track record in the postseason as well, as Syndergaard dazzled the Dodgers, Cubs, and Royals in the 2015 postseason, while Bumgarner has a career 2.14 postseason ERA.

Madison Bumgarner also is 4-0 with a 0.62 ERA in 4 career starts at Citi Field. To counter that, in Noah Syndergaard’s last start against the Giants, he gave up 2 hits over 8 scoreless innings in a 2-0 Mets victory. Since neither team is an offensive juggernaut, this game could easily be very low scoring and close the entire time. The Mets won the season series 4-3, and have been the hottest team in baseball since August 21st, going 26-13 despite battling numerous season ending injuries to the opening day roster. On the other hand, the San Francisco Giants went 30-42 after the All-Star Break, which is the worst post All-Star Break record for a playoff team since the Wild Card was implemented in 1995.

A key for the Giants to be successful will be if they can get their speedsters on base. Syndergaard has allowed 48 stolen bases to opposing runners this year, which is incredible considering how fast he throws. It will be interesting to see if the Mets pair up Syndergaard with defensive catcher Rene Rivera instead of the (barely) more offensive threat in Travis d’Arnaud.

San Francisco Giants

The San Francisco Giants have one of the deadliest 1-2 punches in the playoffs this year in Madison Bumgarner and Johnny Cueto (18-5, 2.79 ERA). Cueto was an integral part in the Royals World Series championship last year and he hopes to continue his October success in an even year for the Giants. Its weird to emphasize that it is an even year when talking about a team’s potential, but the Giants have won the World Series in 2014, 2012, and 2010 when they weren’t exactly the favorites to win it all. The Giants official Twitter account has even picked up the hashtag #BeliEVEN.

Not only do the Giants boast a two-headed monster on the mound, they have many hitters that get the job done. While none of them hit for a lot of power, many of them hit for a decent average. They have C Buster Posey (.288, 14 HR, 80 RBI), 1B Brandon Belt (.275, 17 HR, 82 RBI), SS Brandon Crawford (.275, 12 HR, 84 RBI), and CF Angel Pagan (.277, 12 HR, 55 RBI). None of their stats jump off the page at you, but their lineup is constructed very similarly to the 2015 World Series champion Kansas City Royals’ team.

The main problem for the Giants has been their bullpen. They blew a league leading 30 saves, including 9 in September. They have changed closers numerous times, but nobody has been able to figure it out yet. Knowing this statistic, opposing crowds may be more apt to get on the Giants relievers late in the game which in turn could create more blown saves.

New York Mets

The New York Mets went from the league’s disappointment to the league’s most surprising story. Coming off of a World Series loss, there was a lot of hype surrounding the team saying that they were a shoo-in to make it back this year. Fast forward a couple of months, and the Mets were floating in limbo. They were under .500 in August, 5.5 games out of the Wild Card, had multiple season ending injuries to their stars, and rumors were circulating that manager Terry Collins had one foot out the door. Then, with the signing of Jose Reyes and some Triple-A guys providing some spark, the Mets started winning, and winning, and winning. They had the best record in the MLB after August 20th.

The Mets lost pitchers Matt Harvey, Jacob DeGrom, Steve Matz, and Zach Wheeler to season ending injuries. They lost 3B David Wright and newly signed 2B Neil Walker for the year. 1B Lucas Duda missed almost the entire season but has just recently returned. Utility man and lefty-hitting specialist Wilmer Flores still is unable to swing a bat. When he was able to swing the bat against lefties, he hit .340 with 11 HR and 28 RBIs in 100 at bats.

Despite all of those injuries, the Mets keep managing to win. With Noah Syndergaard starting against the Giants, that means he would probably only be available for one game in the NLDS should they advance. That would mean that 43 year old Bartolo Colon (15-8, 3.43) would be in the mix with 23 year old rookie Robert Gsellman (4-2, 2.42) and 26 year old rookie Seth Lugo (5-2, 2.67) to make the most important starts in their careers.

The Mets have lived and died by the long ball this year. They’ve had some incredible late game heroics that have been both heart-stopping and fantastic to see. They are led on offense by OF Yoenis Cespedes (.280, 31 HR, 86 RBI), SS Asdrubal Cabrera (.280, 23 HR, 62 RBI), RF Curtis Granderson (.237, 30 HR, 59 RBI), and reacquired spark plug 3B Jose Reyes (.267, 8 HR, 24 RBI). Trade deadline acquisition Jay Bruce was getting hot at the end of the season, and the Mets have to hope he can be the player he was back in Cincinnati.

One man the Mets are excited to give the baseball to is Closer Jeurys Familia. He led the majors with 51 saves and struck out 84 batters in 77.2 innings. When he’s on, he’s as good as anybody.

 

 

The MLB Wild Card games are always fun to watch due to the win or go home aspect. While the best team does not always necessarily win during a one game playoff, it definitely is exciting to watch, and it totally amplifies the importance of all 27 outs. I’ll break down the Division Series after these 2 games. Until then:

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Death, Taxes, Mets Breaking Your Heart

I never learn. I never ever ever ever ever ever ever learn. Every year I psyche myself out for opening day; I call the talk shows, I get tickets for the last home game against the Nationals, and I pray to the baseball Gods that they will stop punishing the New York Metropolitans. But EVERY single year I am kicked to the curb.

Whether it be getting embarrassed in the World Series against the Royals:

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Carlos Beltran striking out looking with the bases loaded to end the NLCS vs. the Cardinals:

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The worst signing of all time:

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4 of the best pitchers in the LEAGUE suffering season-ending injuries:

Or last night’s special, death by Ender Inciarte:

Watching the Mets is like watching the Titanic on repeat. You root and root for Jack and Rose to make it, but at the end of the day, the ship still sinks, Rose selfishly doesn’t let Jack on the plywood AND lets go. #TrustIssues.

Last night’s game started off great, just like the Titanic. Jack had 5 minutes to make it onto the boat, I had 5 minutes to heat up some leftovers and decide if I wanted to watch the game on the upstairs or downstairs couch. The game began, the boat started moving, and both onlookers cheered. While Jack caught the beautiful Rose on the back of the ship, I had the pleasure of catching Big Sexy on the television screen.

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Jack then rescued Rose from certain death on the stern of the boat, and Asdrubal Cabrera knocked a 391 foot 2-run HR that took me off the proverbial ledge, my friend. The Mets and Big Sexy continued to roll through the 5th, as Jack and Rose danced, drank, and stood at the very front of the boat. Jack proceeded to draw Rose like one of his French girls, and the rose of the Mets, Rene Rivera, proceeded to hit a solo HR farther than the distance traveled by the French Armada in 1779 (I tried). One of the breast best hits from Rivera this year.

Only the real ones got that reference.

Now right as the Mets were getting settled in and cozy, and Jack & Rose were singing baby pull me closer in the backseat of your Renault CB Coupe de Ville, BOOM!!!

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Titanic, meet iceberg. Bartolo Colon, meet Anthony Recker. 2-run home run. Like the Titanic, the Mets were still afloat, but there was that look of fear shared between those who knew. As water started to fill the boat, the Mets couldn’t fill a single base. Similar to Captain John Smith’s distress signal, I swiftly switched seats on the couch, but deep down I knew the fate that awaited me. I’ve seen this movie wayyyyyy too many times. Ironically it was an error by both First Baseman James Loney and lookout man Frederick Fleet that allowed their respective team to go down with the ship. I felt more captive than Jack handcuffed to the pole as Matt Kemp hit a sac fly to tie the game.

But, like the band that didn’t stop playing, I continued to watch in disarray as Ender Inciarte hit an RBI groundout to take the lead in the top of the 9th. People started abandoning ship, but to quote Jack, “we have to stay on the ship as long as possible.” But of course, the boat went down. However, there was a glimmer of hope. Rose had her plywood with Jack by her side, and the Mets had Yoenis Cespedes up with 2 on and 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th. I’ll never let go, Mets:

Ahhh, screw it.

The New York Mets, fighting for a Wild Card spot, drop 3 in a row at home to the Atlanta Braves. The last place, 30 games under .500 Atlanta Braves. That’s baseball, Suzyn.

Against all odds, the Mets remain tied with the St. Louis Cardinals and the San Francisco Giants for the Wild Card spots. Dare I say, their ability to stay in contention is an act of God?

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Anyways, long story short, if you’re ever in the mood for a 3 hour disaster, either The Titanic or the Mets game will do.

 

If only I had an Uncle Carl like Jimmy Fallon to warn me of the times to come:tumblr_m7ofjturoj1qautsto2_500

DON’T CALL IT A COMEBACK

A long time ago in a galaxy far far away…

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The Mets lost their 3rd game in a row and fell to 2 games below .500 since they were 4-6 on April 16th. They were in 3rd place in the NL East, and 5th place in the Wild Card race, 5.5 games behind the 2nd spot. To add insult to injury, they lost Neil Walker just 4 days later for the rest of the season, while he was hitting .389 during the month of August. All signs were pointing towards a disappointing 2016 as the Mets started calling up minor league players and resting their stars.

Then came August 20th. Big Sexy pitched a 6 inning 2 run gym backed by 2 Yo Bombs, and the Mets won 9-5. Since that 8-1 loss, the Mets have gone 16-6, moved up to 2nd in the NL East, and now are sitting in the final Wild Card spot with 17 games to go. 17 games are a whole lot of games to play, but this is who the Mets have left on their schedule:

1 @ Washington (.593)

3 vs. Minnesota (.372)

3 vs. Atlanta (.386)

3 vs. Philadelphia (.441)

3 @ Miami (.497)

3 @ Philadelphia (.441)

All but 1 out of the remaining 17 games are against sub .500 teams, with a combined win percentage of (.412), which is by far the easiest strength of schedule out of the teams fighting for a Wild Card berth. Now the critics will say that the National League Champions barely sneaking into the playoffs the year after is an embarrassment, especially when Sports Illustrated and a large majority of sports writers in America believed that the Mets were the team to beat. I normally would agree with that, but look at how hard the injury bug has hit the Mets at this point in the season:

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The Mets Opening Day 1st Baseman, 2nd Baseman, 3rd Baseman, Centerfielder, and Pitcher are all on the Disabled List. #4 Starter Steven Matz has been injured sporadically as well and Zack Wheeler has spent the entire year on the DL. Even two players the Mets acquired during the season, CF Justin Ruggiano and Jonathon Niese are hurt.

Look at the lineup the Mets trotted out today opposed to opening day in Kansas City:

April 3 2016 @ Kansas City:                     September 13, 2016 @ Washington:

Granderson RF                                                Reyes 3B

Wright 3B                                                          Cabrera SS

Cespedes LF                                                     Cespedes LF

Duda 1B                                                             Granderson CF

Walker 2B                                                         Bruce RF

Conforto DH                                                    T.J. Rivera 2B

Cabrera SS                                                        Loney 1B

d’Arnaud C                                                       Rene Rivera C

Lagares CF                                                        Syndergaard P

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The Mets have three position players in the lineup that started in the first game of the year. THREE! The most hyped up Mets team since the 1980’s are starting two players named Rivera that almost no fans knew who they were in a meaningful September game. Which bodes the question:

Sure, Mariano Rivera saved 652 games for the Yankees in 1115 games played, but T.J. Rivera just saved his 1st game in only his 17th career game. It took Mariano 34 appearances for him to finally record his first save.

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Hopefully I didn’t just blow up your ears. T.J. Rivera came to play tonight, going 3-4 with 3 RBIs, including the go-ahead HR in the top of the 10th inning to win the kind of game I’ve seen the Mets blow so many times (looking at you Armando Benitez and Braden Looper.) Despite that atrocity that was the bottom of the 9th inning, the Mets were rolling on all cylinders. Noah Syndergaard found his mojo and coasted through 7 innings, only giving up 4 hits while striking out 10 on 99 pitches. Noah reached the 200 strikeout plateau in the 5th, which was his 171st and 1/3 inning on the year, good for the 2nd fastest rate in Mets history, only trailing Doc Gooden (165 and 2/3 innings.) He has a 1.06 ERA in his last five starts, and he is heating up at the most crucial time of the year.

The good news for the Mets is that tomorrow will be the last time they have to face Daniel Murphy until the NLCS (cocky, I know.) Murphy has been playing so insanely well against the Mets that even Chipper Jones is like:

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And yet, despite all of his success against the Mets this year, Murphy couldn’t get it done with a runner on in the bottom of the 10th. Jerry Blevins came in to get the last out and his first save since September 11th of 2012.

The Mets are BACK baby. Until next time.

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