Maybe it’s an East-Coast bias or the fact that we view everything with an orange and blue tint, but despite a pitching staff considered one of the best in the league there are as many pundits picking the Mets to repeat as division champs as there are picking them to miss the postseason.
USA Today’s Gage Lacques has the defending National League champions finishing a game out of the final wildcard spot behind the Los Angeles Dodgers. Big League Stew’s Mike Oz says Fangraphs estimates they’ll be in a three-way tie for that final playoff spot with the St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates.
Bleacher Report’s Danny Knobler takes it one step further, predicting the Mets will miss the playoffs entirely because the Miami Marlins will do what many observers thought they would achieve last year and make the postseason.
This would clearly throw cold water on the budding Nats-Mets rivalry, one that I think is a media-driven creation – somewhat similar to the Mets-Phillies rivalry that doesn’t exist. I hate the Phillies, like most Met fans, but there’s no real reason for that hate.
Any Met fan has good reason to hate the Marlins. Just go back a decade to 2007 when Tom Glavine took the mound with a chance to return to the postseason. Adam Rubin, then with the Daily News, reported how the left-hander was rocked in the first inning to complete an epic collapse that saw them slip from first after owning a seven game lead with 17 games left.
Yes, the Phillies won the division that year. Yes, they won their last seven games against the Mets that year. But if the Mets win Game 162, they’re in the playoffs and the Marlins made sure they weren’t. They followed up the following year, closing Shea Stadium and knocking the Mets out of the playoffs again.
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