New York Mets: Are they a team of destiny in 2018?

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 08: Yoenis Cespedes (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 08: Yoenis Cespedes (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images) /

As they head into a four-game weekend series with the Atlanta Braves, the New York Mets seem destined for a run to and through October.

Through the first 14 games, the New York Mets were on a roll. They didn’t lose a series, and won nine consecutive games. Then the Washington Nationals came into town, and they were a buzz saw in the first two games of the series.

The seemingly impenetrable bullpen imploded on Monday, and the Nationals just outplayed the Mets on Tuesday. However, after nine-run eighth inning on Wednesday, all is right with the world in terms of the Mets being back on their game.

Mickey Callaway pushed the right buttons again, and the Nationals made the mistake of bringing in a right-handed relief pitcher to face Yoenis Cespedes — who has a high career bating average and slugging percentage against right-handed pitchers — which led to the grand slam that put the game out of reach for Washington.

Now the Mets head on a 10-game road tip that they could lengthen their lead on the Nationals. Heading into the road trip, their opponents are a combined 12-17 at home, with the Cardinals and Padres a combined 6-14 at home.

The Mets have rallied from behind and answered back with run scoring innings after giving up runs in the previous half all season long. There’s some special about this Mets team. They won’t lay down. They always have fight in them.

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They may have bad games, and even back-to-back bad ones like they had against Washington. There’s just something about this team that’s different. They have faith in the manager, each other, and the organization.

This isn’t your grandfather’s or even your father’s Mets team. It may be early, but generally you can tell if it’s fluky. For them, it feels like it’s most certainly not. There’s something special brewing in Flushing Meadows, and could lead to a third Commissioner’s Trophy and the first at Citi Field.