After a 16-inning affair Monday night, the Mets finally saw themselves on the winning end of a marathon. It was the fourth time this season that a Mets game has gone into at least the 15th inning, the most in the majors. For a team with so little to cheer for (outside of Harvey and Wheeler Day), these games are actually a good sign.
This is a team that has had many ups and downs during the season. These long marathon games actually are a statement to the heart and will of this team. And at the end of the day wins are what matter, but it’s nice to see a team that knows it has its faults to keep fighting and put it all out there on the field.
As much as Terry Collins gets the blame for the Mets struggles, it has always been a lack of talent that has kept Collins from succeeding here in New York. A struggling bullpen/rotation and a weak lineup have always been the criticisms of Collins and the Mets. And this year is no different. But as of late, the light at the end of the tunnel can be seen.
Marlon Byrd is playing beyond the highest expectations that have been set out for him. Matt Harvey is being Matt Harvey. Jeremy Hefner has pitched ace-like over the past month. A struggling bullpen has turned into a reliable force for the Mets. Bobby Parnell is finally turning into the closer everyone thought he could be.
So what does this have to do with the extra-inning games? The extra-inning games are just another example of how this team is moving forward. They keep clawing and fighting for victories. It doesn’t always end with the perfect result, but a new mindset is being put into place as the future finally arrives in Flushing.
With the All-Star break approaching soon, Sandy Alderson has to evaluate what he has here in the 2013 New York Mets and what he can do going forward. Fans are getting antsy, so are the players. This long re-building process is like an extra-inning game. It’s long, drawn out and has its up’s and downs. But at the end of the game, there always is a bright tomorrow. And for this Mets team, it’s no different.