The New York Mets are now faced with a must-win situation in Game 3 of the World Series. Here’s how a perfect start would look like.
By Robby Sabo
Let’s get real and discuss something for a moment. Whether you love the man or not, or have lukewarm feelings to such an extent you could care less, David Wright has been brutal as of late.
His big time strike out late in Game 1, coupled with two fielding mistakes (including one costly error in the 14th inning), destroyed the New York Mets chance of coming away with a victory. Throughout the playoffs he’s only collected seven hits in 41 at-bats to go along with just 3 RBI.
Granted, he’s battling through spinal stenosis, which cannot be easy to deal with. At the same time, however, David Wright is the captain, the man of the club. He’s the guy everybody turns to when help is needed or despair is in the air.
The overwhelming heartfelt emotions surrounding seeing this 12-year vet finally make his first World Series appearance were coming from every angle. The people love him; his teammates love him; the fans love him.
That’s why the only remedy for the Mets in turning this World Series around is a quick start in Game 3. Noah Syndergaard must shutdown the Royals in the top of the first-inning, and David Wright must send a Yordano Ventura fastball over the fence with authority.
This magical moment would raise a reaction unlike anything we’ve ever seen before. The closest moment to it would probably be Don Mattingly’s first (and only) career playoff home run in 1995.
The only chance for the Mets to get back into the series is to jump on top of the Royals early and often. Take advantage of their serious starting pitching edge and duplicate what happened in the NLCS.
Complacency had to have set in for New York. For a while now they’ve been sitting back and relaxing – walking around as kings of the town. This was even the case during the NLCS, as most of those contests were no-contests.
It’s time to get back into Game 5 of the NLDS mode. It’s time for the captain to create a little magic and restore faith in everybody involved – his teammates and the fans.
The scene is set and the equation is perfect. The Mets fan is starving for a title, and David Wright is ready for this moment. It’s time to shine.
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