Should we be concerned about a Mets hangover from the way they lost the World Series?
Until this week, I didn’t think it would be an issue.
But after listening to quotes from Harvey, Familia, deGrom, Duda and Terry this week, I am a little concerned about the Mets state of mind going into the season.
TC said it took him more than two days to get over the loss. His exact words were, “It took a very f***ing long time to get over the loss”.
Terry was obviously happy to make it to the World Series, but “once you’re there you want to win it, and not closing the deal hurt a lot for a long time”.
Especially with the Game 5 drama, TC admitted that his decision may have cost his team the Series.
I think the way the Mets lost the series could be a bit of a distraction, especially as they get going in April. A quick start will help and I’m hoping they begin to put the psychological baggage of the Fall Classic behind them.
Matt Harvey will be fine, but Ron Darling had a good point recently when he said that if you want Harvey to go nine innings, let’s not try it in Game 5 of the World Series, let’s allow him and the other studs in this rotation for the ages to learn how to finish a ball game a few times during the season when appropriate.
This plays into Jeurys Familia’s role as well. He is mature enough to get over his performance in the Fall Classic, but what if he suffers from some hangover effect early on in April?
Will Familia be the same pitcher he was from July 31 through late October?
I’m hoping the answer is yes, as long as he loses that quick pitch nonsense and sticks with his sinker, rising fastball and split fingered fast ball in that order.
Lucas Duda said he also had trouble getting over his errant throw. I had a perfect view of “the throw” from behind home plate in the upper level and saw the entire play unfold.
But the game was lost before the errant throw and everyone in Citi Field knew the game was over when the Royals tied the game in the 9th.
Lucas needs to get back to being a more consistent hitter and using the entire field instead of his streaky home run hitting.
Duda looked lost for about 70% of the season at the plate last season. Hopefully he can forget the throw and get his Hulk on.
The deGrominator will be fine and he will grind it out if he has his best stuff or worst, as he proved in the Dodger series.
My advice to the Mets, especially opening in KC; embrace the ceremony, the ring presentation and the flag raining, and use the regret to motivate for 2016.
I can tell you Citi Field will be rocking this year, the way Shea used to literally rock.
I’m already wondering who gets the Opening Day nod on Friday at Citi Field, because I can tell you that Citi Filed will be buzzing and all of the regret of what could have been will be an afterthought.