With less than a month left to play in the MLB season, the New York Mets lead the National League Eastern Division by five games over the Washington Nationals. Since 2000, the Mets have missed the playoffs all but one time. As a result, the Mets and their respective fan base are entering uncharted waters. In every fans mind, however, is the year of 2007. The Mets were leading the Philadelphia Phillies by seven and a half games with seventeen games to play. What did the Mets do? They choked. Many Mets fans are asking themselves today on September eighth, what is different about the 2015 Mets than the 2007 Mets? Could they collapse yet again?
Fortunately for the concerned Mets fans out there, this 2015 Mets team is light years ahead of the 2007 team. The 2015 Mets sport a three headed monster pitching combo with the likes of Matt Harvey, Jacob DeGrom, and Noah Syndergaard. These three pitchers were not on the Mets in 2007, and provide this years team with the keys to greatness. The Mets choked in 2007 because their pitching crumbled down the stretch. This year, regardless whether they lose two or three games in a row, their electric young pitching staff will prevent a catastrophic losing streak. Not to mention, the Washington Nationals who are chasing the Mets are in turmoil, as the Phillies who chased the Mets in 2007 were on the upswing with a plethora of young talent just surfacing from the minor leagues.
With all of these reasons that point to a Mets division title, there is still one catch. It is the New York Mets. A team so diseased and snake bitten that even the smallest ounce of bad luck can end the dream of a championship. Only time will tell if the Metropolitans luck has finally returned to that of the glory days in 1986 and 1969.