This past weekend, I took a trip down to New York City to see the Red Sox take on the surging Mets. The Mets (74-59, 1st in NL Eastern Division), have arguably the best starting rotation in all of baseball. I was lucky enough to see 23-year-old phenom Noah Syndergaard take the hill.
Syndergaard features a 98 mph fastball, which is complimented by a tremendous breaking ball and change up. His stuff is above average and, aside from a line-drive home run by David Ortiz, dominated the Red Sox. The Red Sox continuously threatened, but could not muster up a comeback and ended up losing the game.
But how about them Mets?
From the relatively new Shea Stadium to the loud obnoxious New York fans, it was a great experience. Even though there is a huge rivalry between New York and Massachusetts in almost everything, I can admit that New York fans know their sports.
The Mets have endured a lot of criticism and humiliation since 2000, but it seems that they have turned it around this year. Their pitching staff is extremely deep and, after the acquisition of Yoenis Cespedes at the Trade Deadline, have a couple of power bats in the middle of that lineup.
But can they contend for a World Series?
In short, I am cautiously optimistic. My only hesitancy is the weakness of their schedule. Playing teams like the Braves, Marlins and Phillies continuously will make any team look like a contender. However, that starting rotation is phenomenal. Couple that in with a streaky, yet effective, lineup and you have a team that will make some noise in the playoffs.
Cubs vs Mets NLCS, anyone?
By Pete Packowski @Pete_BBS