Gore first made it to the big leagues in 2014, about a month before the Royals won the American League pennant. A year later, the pinch runner specialist returned in time for Kansas City to win the World Series against the Mets. However, he made the Braves’ postseason roster last year despite not playing at all during the regular season.
On Thursday, he slipped into a Mets uniform and stole a base on cue in the eighth inning. He may not have been a significant part of the Mets’ 5-3 win over the Dodgers at Citi Field. The win clinched both his 3-game series and 7-game season against his team at the top of the National League. Still, Gore’s presence hinted at what the Mets could be in the future.
“The atmosphere here is exactly what we got from the Dodgers,” Gore said. “Believe it or not, it’s exactly the same vibe.”
Ultimately, all of this may mean nothing in October. The Dodgers can get healthy, get their form back, and remind everyone of their status as NL juggernauts. Other teams could rise like the Braves did a year before him. Or the Mets could stumble in many ways.
But Thursday’s win in New York helped strengthen the theory that if the Mets aren’t the most dangerous team in the NL, they’re at least good enough to compete with other teams.
“They have a really good team,” Edwin Diaz said of the Dodgers. “We’ve shown them that we’re a really good team, too.”
The Mets are not only talented, they are also adaptable. Diaz answered manager Buck Showalter’s call for the fifth time in his last 13 appearances, the eighth instead of the ninth, as the Dodgers’ orders centered on at-bats. At that point, the Mets had already taken the lead over Francisco, thanks to Lindor’s all-around prowess in him, by three points. -Sparkling play on first score and defense, and a quality pitching effort by Chris Bassitt.
But Diaz wasn’t like herself. After he walked the first batter, he struck out the second and allowed a tying homer within a few feet (2 meters). When the second of those explosions stopped on the caution track of the sacrifice fly, Diaz decided to ditch the slider altogether and struck out Gavin Lux with a 102.8 mph fastball. This is the hardest pitch of his career.
“I was a little mad because I couldn’t get the slider to work the way I wanted,” Diaz said. “I said, ‘I have to find my fastball better.'” And that’s what I did. ”
The Mets are now 36 games above .500 for the second time this season. He’s only three times before a team has reached such heights. This version ended his regular season with the second-best record in franchise history and is on pace to clinch his spot in the playoffs by mid-September.
The division title remains an open question, but things are getting significantly easier in that area. , more than half of which are against the NL’s two worst clubs: the Nationals and the Pirates. It’s a chance to put enough distance between them and the Braves that the final head-to-head series won’t be a problem.
That quest starts on Friday. The previous three days offered a different kind of opportunity. Through an inspiring series featuring his more than 119,000 fans packed into Citi Field, plus thousands of fans watching from across the street at the U.S. Open, the Mets have achieved just that. did.
“They’re pitching good,” said Dodgers first baseman Freddie Freeman.
Freeman added, “Even if we played against them in the playoffs, nobody cares what happened in the regular season.” I had feelings. That’s true of course, but it hardly matters. For the Mets to be the best, they not only need to know that they can beat the best, but they also need to know that they can do it with some degree of consistency.
Beating the Dodgers four times in seven games is something the Mets would love to do again.