Now the Real Test Comes for the New York Mets
The Mets are the hottest team in baseball right now, finishing their second consecutive sweep on the road. The Mets had been struggling for most of the season on the road, not even being able to win a series before sweeping through Baltimore and Cleveland.
The Mets have been doing everything right, getting great pitching, fielding, and hitting. They have been hustling, getting key hits, and adding on extra runs when needed.
The Mets go in to the Bronx on fire and face a Yankee team that has been struggling, losing their last series to the National League Champs, the Phillies. The Phillies had been struggling as well but seem to have caught fire in the Yankee series.
There's only two things that can happen in this upcoming subway series: The Yankees can either bounce back, or the Mets can just keep on rolling. It's definitely going to be a tough series for the Mets because if you think that the defending World Series Champs are just going to lay down while the Mets run all over them, then you're sadly mistaken.
The Mets have beaten teams who are just not playing well at all. Baltimore and Cleveland do not play fundamentally sound baseball, and they are just two of the worst teams in the American League.
Now the Mets have to face the defending champs, then come home to play the Tigers and then the Twins. People will see if the Mets are indeed the real deal or not. In this season the Mets have been in last place twice and first place once and have been playing like a first place team as of late. It's been up and down, so as quickly as they caught fire, they can easily go back to being cold.
Met fans have been looking for the confidence in their team all year, and they have gained some—maybe even a lot—with how they are playing now, but the way it's been for the Mets, there is always some reservation in the hearts of Met fans.
If the Mets at least continue to play consistently and maintain a good level of play, Met fans can live with that. What makes it hard for Met fans are the ups and downs, highs and lows. The Mets give you that hope and can easily snatch it away from you.
There's something different about this team, though. They are playing with a fire, an edge, and they are realizing their capabilities and potential, which is evident in players like Mike Pelfrey and Angel Pagan.
They are finding a key to their success, and that's an identity.
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