When the Mets arrived in San Diego this past Thursday the baseball world thought it would be a good barometer where these 2 teams stood. Both teams made numerous off season transactions to give them a playoff-caliber roster and both have had recent success. And when the weekend ended 2 things were crystal clear: these are the 2 best pitching staffs around and both teams are elite squads in the senior circuit.
In Sunday’s contest Marcus Stroman pitched another great game hurling 6.2 innings of 4 hit ball only allowing one unearned run while the Met offense got homers from Dominic Smith and James McCann but also played plenty of small ball even getting an RBI double from the aforementioned Stroman.
This pitching performance came on the heels of a dominating Jacob deGrom night giving the Mets a split in the series. But make no mistake about it–The Padres showed plenty of pitching this weekend as well with both Yu Darvish and Blake Snell dominating the Met bats in the first 2 games of the series.
The whole weekend made me think of what an NLCS between these 2 teams would be with the best pitchers in the sport going at it and with the 2 of the best closers in the league–Edwin Diaz and Mark Melancon matching up as well. And you simply can not discount the Mets did this on a weekend they are still missing Michael Conforto, Jeff McNeil, JD Davis and Brandon Nimmo who are all on the injured list which represents half of the regular position players for the Amazins.
That really makes the Mets sitting in first place off the charts and many outsiders think it is because they have not fared well versus top teams like the Rays, Cubs and Cards but this team has the best winning percentage at home as well as the best winning percentage inside their own division in baseball. And we saw this weekend what this team’s pitching staff can do after dropping 2 straight games. They put zeroes up on the board while the offense did just enough to win.
For those of you who did not get enough of seeing these 2 elite teams battle they will play 3 more this upcoming weekend at Citi. Friday night’s game will feature Jacob deGrom on a night where more Met fans will be allowed into the park than anytime this season.
And we all get another look at what could be an NLCS preview.