It's Go Time: Playoff Baseball Begins Tonight

It's Go Time: Playoff Baseball Begins Tonight

by Tim Reilly August 09, 2019 0 Comments

For the last 3 1/2 weeks, the Mets did what they had to do and beat up on the Padres, Pirates, White Sox and Marlins. They’ve not only put themselves back in the playoff hunt, but they’re also now the hottest team in baseball and NO ONE wants to see them in the playoffs. With a rotation of deGrom, Syndergaard, Wheeler, Matz and now Stroman – that’s enough to have other teams scoreboard watching and praying the Mets don’t punch their October ticket.

The Mets are about to hit a challenging part of their schedule, chock-full of division rivals and contenders. Simply put, these are the teams you have to beat if you want to play for it all. In my mind, the postseason officially starts tonight with a series against the Nationals, who sit atop the Wild Card standings 2.5 games in front of the Mets. Now the fun really begins.  

If you’re going to tell me it’s early August, stop with the playoff talk. These pitching matchups say otherwise:

Friday: Stroman vs. Strasburg
Saturday: Syndergaard vs. Corbin
Sunday: deGrom vs. Sanchez

Get out to Citi Field. Cancel your weekend plans to watch the broadcast. Set push notifications. Do what you have to do, but make sure you’re locked in with playoff intensity from here on out. You can catch up on sleep all winter long. It’s time to grind out the dog days of summer to enjoy brisk baseball in the fall.

Wear the same lucky jersey. Stick with your recent drink of choice. Don’t change your eating habits. We’re in the midst of a six-game winning streak and you don’t f--- with a winning streak. Let’s ride this wave – but don’t ever, ever start the actual wave – all the way into October.

I’m getting chills just thinking about it. It’s go time, folks. LFGM!

Also, not that you could ever forget, but refresh your memory on what happened the last time the Mets and Nationals met in a big early August series…

 




Tim Reilly
Tim Reilly

Author

T7L contributing blogger - Follow Tim on Twitter




Also in The 7 Line Blog

Did Pete Alonso Just Announce That The Black Mets Jerseys Are Coming Back?
Did Pete Alonso Just Announce That The Black Mets Jerseys Are Coming Back?

by Darren Meenan January 20, 2021 0 Comments

Late last night Pete Alonso sprinkled a little pixie dust in the eyes of those clamoring for the Mets to bring back the black jerseys in 2021. Distractions are needed right now, and if a piece of fabric can do that for people, have at it. 

Read More

Steve Cohen Swiftly Fires GM Jared Porter For Harassing Reporter
Steve Cohen Swiftly Fires GM Jared Porter For Harassing Reporter

by Tim Reilly January 19, 2021 0 Comments

After a report revealed GM Jared Porter sexually harassed a reporter five years ago via text message, the Mets have decided to terminate Porter's contract. 

Read More

Steve Cohen Wants YOUR Help Making Citi Field Changes
Steve Cohen Wants YOUR Help Making Citi Field Changes

by Tim Reilly January 14, 2021 0 Comments

The next upgrade Steve Cohen wants to make has nothing to do with the roster. Cohen has his sights set on Citi Field, and he wants to hear from fans on what should be done.

Read More

.video-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; padding-top: 30px; height: 0; overflow: hidden; }