The New York Mets have been one of the hottest, and luckiest, baseball teams in the MLB in 2022. After leading the National League East Division all season long, the Mets fall to the Atlanta Braves, forcing them to become a wild card team. How did this happen? Where do we go from here? Mets Playoff breakdown since losing the division.
How did this Happen? Mets Season Review
The New York Mets were electric this season, coming out of the gates hot. The Mets were one of the best teams in the league this season, getting almost every lucky bounce along the way. Clutch hitting has been the story for this team, as well as most of their pitchers having the best season of their career.
New York has not had a losing month all season long, steadily producing wins. Yet, since the start of September, two things has happened to this ball club. They are almost .500 in that span with a 15-13 record capped off by being swept by the Atlanta Braves. The other thing that happened? The Braves have not lost a game in three months.
The Mets held a 10.5 game lead in the NL East at one point. A lead that Atlanta spent 4 months chasing down, finally catching and surpassing them with 3 games left in the regular season.
New York Mets Luck Ran Out?
However, the Mets have not played bad baseball at any point of the season. Bats went cold here and there, yet that is regular over 162 games. Those lucky bounces disappearing combined with pitchers looking human again has been the case.
If you look at the numbers by month, the New York Mets in September had one of their best months of the season. Besides record, their OBP, SLG, OBS, BB’s, and Stolen Bases all were their best in September. Take away the month of May, and September was also their best month in BA, HR’s, and total bases.
This Mets team did not lose the division lead like last year, falling apart. The Braves simply played historically good baseball since June, for the second year in a row. Teams do not usually start off 23-28 and end up with 100 wins.
New York Mets Playoff Breakdown
Instead of having a bye in the wildcard round and waiting for the winner of the Cardinals vs either the Phillies or Brewers. The New York Mets have added a wildcard series to their schedule, at the moment against the dangerous San Diego Padres.
This team looked to have one of the easiest paths to the NLCS. Instead they will not only have the Padres in the wild card, they will have to face the juggernaut Los Angeles Dodgers if they prevail. Giving them one of the toughest roads to the NLCS now. Which if they make it will possibly face the Braves who as mentioned are on fire and seem to have the Mets number on speed dial this season.
This time of season in the MLB it comes down to execution. Most teams have good pitching and hitting, I mean they made it to the playoffs, right?
The Mets lineup can definitely hang with the big dogs, barring a cold streak which has happened on a regular bases. Led by Pete Alonso and Francisco Lindor, this team can put up runs in bunches when rolling. Starling Marte, Brandon Nimmo, and Jeff McNeil have been consistently above average this season to round out the lineup.
When it comes to pitching the Mets have two of the best starters in baseball in Max Scherzer and Jacob deGrom. A solid bullpen led by Adam Ottavino, Seth Lugo, and maybe the best closer ever in Edwin Diaz.
The New York Mets Season Comes Down To This
The regular season ends on Wednesday, which means all of the accolades, winning streaks, and 2022 memories all sit on the shoulders on the playoff run. Which will begin Friday, October 7th, 2022.
Let’s Go Mets!
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