Today’s date is August 21st 2015. The Mets currently hold a commanding four game lead over the Washington Nationals, and while I would usually be calm and comfortable, the collapses of 2007 and 2008 have taught me that no lead is safe.
Luckily for us, the 2015 Washington Nationals are not the 2007 Philadelphia Phillies. In fact, they aren’t even close to their talent level.
The Nationals have a lot of gaps that could prevent them from reaching the level necessary to make the 2015 Postseason. Their starting rotation, which is billed as one of the best in the game, has not been great. They’ve been plagued by injuries, but who hasn’t? I understand that injuries are un-preventable for the most part, and they can change your season, but haven’t the Mets had just as many injuries, if not more, this year?
Now, to answer the title question, the #1 thing the Mets can do to enhance their chances is to play good against the Nationals. One series could change the standings from a mere tie at one game behind, or, if you win three games, that would put you’re opponents seven games out, which would be close to impossible to overcome.
Next, the Mets have to lock down their flaw that plagued them in 2007. Their BULLPEN. While Tyler Clippard and Jeurys Familia have been good, you can’t have a bullpen with two above average relievers. Hansel Robles has some good raw talent, but it’s still very raw. The same was true for Familia when he came up in 2012, and with Mejia in 2010. Unfortunately, I believe that Robles is still a year or two away from being able to reach his full potential. So, Robles shouldn’t be considered as the answer to help aid the Mets bullpen woes.
So, who else could help the Mets succeed? Well, it will have to be a internal option, as Alderson has already stated that acquiring a player from free agency or through waivers is not on the Mets radar.
If I was Sandy, I would give Vic Black a quick look. He has spent the whole season on the disabled list and/or in Las Vegas. While his ERA isn’t amazing down there, he was consistent in the majors in 2013 and in 2014. The other internal option I hope the Mets look at is Dario Alvarez. A lefty who is performing well in Vegas. Alvarez joined the Mets last September and looked good.
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