The summer heat comes with teams heating up. Suddenly the New York Met’s 10.5-game advantage has been cut in half. That is in part of the Atlanta Braves cooking up an absolute heater of a stretch of wins. Now they did beat the Diamondbacks, Rockies, A's, Pirates, and Nationals, who all have a combined record of 124-184 (39.2%).
So is it fools gold or something that should be considered a threat? Met's Skipper doesn't think so (yet).
“The sky isn’t falling. It’s only raining, I haven’t looked at the standings since we left New York. All that stuff, there’s nothing we can do about it, right?" - Buck Showalter via MLB.com
If raining is the common denominator, then the injuries are the droplets in the storm. Jacob deGrom (shoulder) and Max Scherzer (oblique strain) are both progressing well in their throwing programs, but no timetables are placed on their returns yet. Their pitching is holding down the fort and Tylor Megill did return from the IL on Friday and looked solid across 3 1/3 innings.
On the flipside, the Braves have a flurry of guys on the 60-Day IL. SP Mike Soroka (Achilles), C Many Pina (wrist), RP Luke Jackson (elbow), RP Kirby Yates (elbow), and OF Eddie Rosario (eye) are all out for the foreseeable future. That doesn't include All-Star second baseman, Ozzie Albies, who just broke his foot last night. All this and still winning, it is a scene that they painted last season. Injuries mounted up but they went full buy mode at the deadline, and it paid off with a World Series. Could we see that happen all over again?
The Mets are a good team, don't get me wrong, but I hope they realize they are still the little brother of the Big Apple. Either way, feed me a Subway Series World Series!