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Want Some Optimism?

Posted By Howard Megdal On July 19, 2012 @ 10:05 am In Today's Mets headlines | Comments Disabled

Sure, why not.

The Mets are trying to avoid their first 0-6 road trip since 1999, according to Adam Rubin.

Ah, I remember that one well.

It was September, 1999. The Mets entered Atlanta a game behind the Braves for the NL East lead. And then Chipper Jones hit two home runs, one from each side, in a 2-1 victory on a Tuesday over the Mets. They went on to lose another five straight on the road. I saw them that Friday and Saturday in Philadelphia, home from college.

Joe Grahe, about to be out of baseball forever, pitched that Friday night. (It wasn’t a surprise that he was about to be out of baseball; I actually remember my father saying to me as we drove home that Grahe would be out of baseball shortly, and had just shut down the Mets.)

Saturday, former Met Robert Person did the job. On Sunday, I boarded a train to return to college. The Mets had the bases loaded in the ninth, one out, Rickey Henderson up. We went through a tunnel, interrupting my radio reception. When we emerged, Henderson had hit into a game-ending double play, and the Mets had lost again.

Then the Mets went home and lost again for good measure.

Why is this optimism?

Well, remember that the Mets, who looked dead as dead could be at that point, won five of their final six games to rally from two games out of the wild card and storm into the playoffs. Then they beat the Diamondbacks, and nearly toppled the Braves in the NLCS.

Baseball teams often look utterly defeated during long losing streaks. And this 2012 Mets team could be. But don’t let the impression during a losing skid fool you. And unlike that 1999 team, these Mets have significantly more time to turn things around.

It would sure help if they’d start soon, though. The Nats are eight games up.

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