The Mets won last night, after dropping six of their previous eight, so everyone is feeling a bit better. But, it was only 24 hours ago that some fans were beginning to panic about the team's recent play and what it might mean for a possible postseason run. Personally, I don't think one has much to do with the other. More specifically, there have been plenty of teams who did well in September then struggled in October, just as there are teams that struggled in September and did well in October.
For instance, in 1992, the Pirates finished the regular season going 22-10, but watched their year end a week later during the only round of the playoffs.
"The only time I've been involved is when I was coaching in Pittsburgh," Mets manager Terry Collins said Thursday, speaking about that 1992 team. "We were playing great at the end of the year and got beat. ... I know in the past you look at the teams that have been the hottest going into the playoffs, they're the ones that went the farthest. Right now we need to focus on playing better."
Inversely, the 2000 Yankees went 3-15 to end September, but then went on to beat ... well, you remember. And, the next season, Arizona played flat through September, barely hanging on to their division lead. However, they dominated October and won a World Series. In 2006, the Cardinals went 12-17 to end their regular season and, again, we all know how that turned out. Similarly, last season, the Royals stumbled to a one-game, wild-card match up against the A's, won and ended up in the World Series against the Giants, who went 6-9 in their final 15 games of the regular season.
The point is, if the Mets are going to hit a rough patch, I'd rather they do it now than two weeks from now, especially since one losing streak has little to do with what happens in the playoffs. The goal should be to get everyone healthy, rested and focused. If winning helps that, great. If not, so be it. As long as they're ready when the bell rings, that's all that matters...