Now that was an amazing game! I realize I keep overthinking this team's ability and fate. It's foolish. It's quite clear this season has been, and will continue to be, totally unpredictable.
Yesterday, because of managerial decisions, a weak lineup and decimated rotation, I spent all day writing and talking with people and hearing about how the Mets were going to struggle to get to October baseball, despite currently being in a three-way tie for the wild card.
Then, last night happens. The team looks charged up, happy and ready to roll, as the Mets are now in line to host the Giants during the wild card on Oct. 5. The Mets now have a 73.4 percent chance of making the playoffs, while the Giants have a 70.4 percent chance and the Cardinals 55.8 percent, according to ESPN's Buster Olney. It's amazing, and you'd think I'd know better by now.
By the way, in addition to the night's playoff race implications and talking from a single baseball game perspective, it was an amazing 11 innings of baseball.
Here are six more notes about the Mets, Thursday night's game and why it was so unique, courtesy of the team and other research organizations.
1) The Mets set a franchise record by using 27 players in one game. They used 10 pitchers, matching the most used in a game in franchise history.
2) The Mets won when trailing after eight innings for the first time this season. Entering Thursday, they had been 0-63 in such games.
3) According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the first time since 2005 that the Mets tied the score in the bottom of the ninth on a home run and then later won the game in extra innings with a home run.
4) Jose Reyes has eight home runs this season, four of which have given the Mets the lead or tied the game. Surprisingly, it was the first career game-tying home run in the ninth inning or later during his career.
5) Asdrubal Cabrera hit his fourth career walk-off home run, his first since June 4, 2014.
6) The Mets are 71-39 when they hit at least one home run this season. They are 37-20 when they hit at least one home run at Citi Field.