For the third straight game, the Mets came from behind late to beat the Nationals, thus completing a 3 game sweep. The Mets have now won 6 straight over the Nats, and have a commanding 7 game lead with 23 games to play. This thing is over, right?
Sure, the Nats still have 3 games left with the Mets, but that is both a blessing and a curse. Those games don’t come till the end of the season, which means they would need a sweep unless they can cut it to 1 game back over the next 20 games. Doesn’t look very promising.
But oh….that stubborn recent history. This is the 4th time in the past decade Mets have held a lead with 23 games to go. That is more than any other team in the division! And yet, they have just one title to show for it. People remember the famed 2007 collapse, but the Mets also blew a late division lead in 2008 as well. Even in 2006 when they coasted to the title, they still dropped 4 ½ games over their final 23 contests. If baseball still had the 154 game season, this past decade may have been all Mets.
Looking at all of this rationally, you have to say the past is irrelevant. With the exception of David Wright, none of those Mets from previous collapses are around anymore. Plus the Nationals have not really shown themselves to be a team that can come through in the clutch. And after all the bullpen meltdowns, it’s hard to see how the Nats can pick themselves off the mat right now. So this is over, right? I mean….it couldn’t happen again to the Mets, right?