The Mets have been playing pretty good ball of late. After the worst June imaginable that derailed the season, the Mets have played .500 ball since July 1. We’ve got a healthy and mostly effective rotation, Michael Conforto is hitting again, we got dead cat bounces out of Jose Bautista and now Austin Jackson, and a few of our young gunslingers in the pen are starting to look like keepers. Todd Frazier is back and started hitting. Jay Bruce and maybe even David Wright may soon be back as well. Where and how they fit in is yet to be determined.
The most important goal for the remainder of this season is to figure out who fits into the future plans and where. Is Bruce an outfielder or a first baseman? Who among the many kids in the bullpen can be trusted in a close game? Do we have our second baseman of the future? Will we need a catcher upgrade? Many other questions along those lines need to be answered.
But as we sort it out, the pressure is off and the team is getting at least somewhat healthy. With September games against the Braves, Phillies, Nationals, and Dodgers the Mets could pee in the punch bowl of playoff plans for a number of rivals.
Schadenfreude aside, the Mets could finish strong and climb back toward .500. To get there the Mets would have to go 30-24. Not an impossible feat and one that would let us end the season on a positive note as we look to solve a lot of issues beginning November 1. As they say on Game of Thrones, winter is coming.