Brian Bannister was going to be the surprise of the season, but things soured when he tore his hammy running the bases in San Francisco. No more of that stuff, he said: “From now on it is walk, strikeout, single, home run.”
Food for thought: For my money, losing Bannister symbolizes what these Mets are all about as much as anything. It is not often a team goes wire-to-wire without significant injuries and setbacks and the Mets have had plenty. They are as resilient as any team I can remember.
They have three position players starting who weren’t Opening Day: Shawn Green, Jose Valentin and Endy Chavez (imagine how things would be different without those last two guys); they have had 46 starts made by pitchers not in the OD rotation or even on the roster at the time; and they’ve lost their set-up reliever.
They are also running away with the division. Few teams have ever adapted as much.
Personally, I’m tired of hearing how the Mets are where they are because the Braves hit the skids this year and the NL isn’t strong. Even so, the Mets still have had to win the games on their own. They are good, plain and simple.