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The Fight Is Back in the New York Mets

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistMay 16, 2009

NEW YORK - MAY 13:  David Wright #5 of the New York Mets bats against the Atlanta Braves on May 13, 2009 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The Braves defeated the Mets 8-7 in twelve innings.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Who is this team and what have they done with the New York Mets?

Last season, the Mets were criticized for losing games late because of their awful bullpen. However, what many did not know is that the bullpen is not completely accountable. The lineup also failed to continue to produce runs after the first few innings.

The Mets also failed to win a game in which they trailed by only three runs until the All-Star break. Not since 2006, was a fan at all confident that they Mets might win a game that they were trailing after the seventh inning.

Fortunately, in the past two weeks we have seen that fight come back in the Mets. Not long after the team was criticized by General Manager Omar Minaya for being too laid back, they have done their best to show that’s not true.

This week, we have seen the Mets win a game in which they were down three runs in the eighth inning against the Braves, win a game when they were down 5-1, and win a game in the ninth after the bullpen blowing a save. Even their 12-inning loss on Wednesday was very encouraging, coming back three different times before running out of players.

Good teams win games by scoring early and keeping leads. Great teams are able to come back late in games against their opponents best pitchers. It is important to have that ability to never give up in order to win a World Series. The Phillies had that ability last year and they took it all the way to a championship.

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Some of this comes from the bullpen, and this year’s crew has been able to keep the game close and not let leads get out of hand. But the lineup, mainly anchored by David Wright, has been showing that there is no quit in this team.

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