Oh, how sweet is it to watch the Braves miss the playoffs? It's amazin'!
Remember when the Mets could never win a game at Turner Field? Well, they just finished off a three-game sweep of the Braves in Atlanta for the first time since 2007, and simultaneously eliminated them from the playoffs. The Mets also won the season series against Atlanta by a 10-9 margin, capturing that feat for the first time since 2006.
Hooray! It's beginning to look like the old days. Sort of.
Tossing another stellar performance on Sunday (6 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 10 K), in possibly his last start of the year, rookie RHP Jacob deGrom will likely be the leading candidate for N.L Rookie of the Year after going 9-6 with a 2.63 ERA. DeGrom came out firing again, striking out the first four Braves he faced. The outing was his fourth career double-digit strikeout performance.
In a season that's slowly winding down, the Mets can feel relatively satisfied with where they currently sit: A 1/2 game behind Atlanta for second place in the N.L East at 76- 80. Plus with six games left on the season, New York can still finish at .500 with five more wins.
Maybe things are slowly turning around for this ball club. They've already improved on the 74-win seasons the past two years. Now, they've got to end on a strong note and carry that momentum into the spring. I believe Terry Collins and Sandy Alderson can see the difference in this team and last year's team. If they can point out the weaknesses, replace them, and put forth a solid group of nine starters on the field in 2015, I have faith they can get things done with this durable, deep pitching rotation functioning as the back bone of the team.
And right now Jacob deGrom is becoming one of those much-needed ingredients for future success.