Things are going right for the Mets on a daily basis. Some want to call this nothing but luck. Perhaps they’re right. But all I know is if this is luck, it’s long past due.
Was anyone saying it was luck when they lost three extra inning games in four days? And it’s not like this is ancient history – it happened in this magical second half. But back to the point – has that happened to any other team this year? Last year?
As frustrating as that stretch was, it wasn’t as bad as when they went 4-13 in mid-to-late June, which essentially created the hole that they had to dig out of here after the All-Star break. And in that stretch were back-to-back losses of the walk-off variety against the Phillies. Did anyone call that luck?
In the first one, they had a 4-1 lead in the sixth only to see the game go extras, where they lost when Steve Nogosek gave up an RBI double to Jay Bruce. The next day, they score three runs in the top of the ninth, only to allow five runs in the bottom of the inning to lose, 6-3. That was the game where Edwin Diaz faced six batters, five of them reached base, including homers to Maikel Franco and Jean Segura.
And before that, there were the three straight losses to the Marlins, the team that entered the series 10-31 and riding a seven-game losing streak. What kind of odds could you have gotten on that outcome? But no one was calling that luck.
Bottom line: To paraphrase George Carlin – if you’re going to believe in Angels, you’ve got to believe in Zombies, too.