Over the past three years, what was expected from the Mets was not what happened. In 2006 the Mets dominated their way to the playoffs only to lose to a less than great Cardinals team in game seven of the NLCS.
That was a huge disappointment, everything looked to be ready for the Mets and that they would indeed go all the way and win the World Series. That didn't happen, Adam Wainwright shut the door on the Mets' dreams of becoming 2006 World Series Champions.
Wainwright threw a curveball that broke perfectly to Carlos Beltran and he got the backwards K.
Mets fans couldn't believe it, "we were supposed to win" was said by many Mets fans and players. But, they didn't, I watched Yadier Molina jump up and celebrate with his team on the Mets' turf, Shea Stadium.
I reached for the remote and turned the TV off, my brother came up from upstairs and we didn't exchange any words, our quietness spoke for us. It said "I can't believe what just happened." That night I pretty much cried myself to sleep and thinking that we'll get em' next year.
After a very long offseason, it was time for baseball again. 2007 was shaping up great and it looked like the Mets were going back to the playoffs and that they were going to take another shot at winning it all. As most of us know, they didn't. All they did was collapse, they blew a 7.5 game lead with, I believe 12 games left in the season.
The Philadelphia Phillies stole the division crown and the Mets were left in the dust. The Phillies got eliminated in the first round of the playoffs, that cushioned the blow a little bit, but it was real tough for Mets fans. It seemed like it was going to be a long offseason.
That wasn't the case, to me, it flew by. The Mets also traded for, the best pitcher in the majors, Johan Santana. They swooped up and stole him from the Red Sox and Yankees, no one expected it, but they did it. With Johan Santana, Mets fans were very cocky going into the 2008 season.
You guessed it, the Mets blew the season. They were expected to win their division and make a run at becoming the champions of the world. Statistically they did good, except for their atrocious bullpen that pretty much blew the season for the Mets.
The Phillies won the division in the last month of the season, the dreaded September. The Phillies went on to win the World Series.
After 2008 Mets fans didn't know what to expect from their beloved team. They knew, that if the Mets wanted to win, then they would sign, free agent, Francisco Rodriguez, and stock up their bullpen.
It turned out that they wanted to win, Omar Minaya worked some serious with getting K-Rod and JJ Putz in a span of 2 days. The Mets' bullpen was fixed and it was time to go out and play.
The Mets got to work after a long offseason. Their goal was to forget about their past collapses, their first game was against the Cincinnati Reds. The game was perfect, the Mets won, the bullpen was perfect. All three of their new relief pitchers pitched scoreless innings in this order, Sean Green, JJ Putz, and Francisco Rodriguez. It was great.
After that first game their has been plenty of ups and downs. As of now, the Mets are 26-20 and lead the NL East by a half game. In the past couple of years the Mets established themselves as one of baseball's best teams, but they don't always play like one.
Many teams, even the best, have bad games and play bad, but the Mets do it too much. Especially behind Johan Santana, they have made countless errors behind Santana in critical situations. Sometimes they play like legends, and other times they play like chumps.
I, by no means am ripping this team, I love this team so much, but if you ask Mets fans if they know how the Mets will play every night most of them will say that they have no idea. I'm sure some of them will say that they hope they do good, which is the bulk of the time, but then their are those games that you can't stand.
A perfect example is how the Mets played the Dodgers recently on their roadtrip and how the played the first two games of their series with thew Red Sox. Against the Dodgers, the Mets were flatout, horrible. Whenever you miss third base to score the go-ahead run late in the game and get called out because of it. You're not playing good.
I could go on and on about their mishaps in that series, but I'll decide to talk about how good they played against the Red Sox at Fenway.
They, pretty much, made all the big plays, and that's what all great teams do. That's the thin line between a good team and a great team, a good team has a winning record, but loses games they shouldn't because they didn't make all the big plays.
Even one play messed up can determine the whole game. A great team will do anything to make the right plays and that's what gets them W's pretty often.
The Mets have been on the thin line for three years now and that's what causes them to be inconsistent with their play, and unpredictable. The Mets have to pick a side soon, I want them to be great, but that's up to them. If they want it, they'll be good, but if they want it with a passion, then they'll be great.
Let's not forget that their is also a thin line between bad and horrible, let's hope that that article never has to do anything with the New York Mets.
Tonight's game is a big one for the Mets, and it might show whether they are good or great. Mike Pelfrey's on the mound and he's "Yip" free, I think Big Pelf is going to give the Mets a good chance to win and that the Mets will take full advantage of it and show that they are great.