by Paul West
Leading up to tonight’s game against the Nationals, the storylines were plentiful. The Mets were looking to validate their roster moves, old and new; they also were looking to officially dispel the hex the Nationals have seemed to have on them for years. Lucas Duda was on the verge of re-proving that his previous breakouts weren’t flukes. The Mets were looking to prove to fans and foes, doubters and believers, that they had arrived.
On the strength of the gut-check performance of Noah Syndergaard and a power surge in the third inning, the Mets have proclaimed their legitimacy to all observers.
The Mets fell behind early, and they remained unfazed. Then they put forth the kind of explosive inning that people hoped would follow from their recent remodeling. Syndergaard, one of their Big Four pitching rotation of young aces, battled through a late-inning situation in which he couldn’t get past strike two and the tying run was at the plate. The fans provided an electricity rarely seen since the days of Citi Field’s aged predecessor, Shea Stadium.
And in one exciting evening, in a nationally televised game of great magnitude, the Mets have taken control of not just their destiny but perhaps the National League East.
The future, it seems, is now.