We had our one day of Mets bliss. On Friday, nothing could go wrong as the orange and blue wrecking crew came from behind not once, but twice to sweep the Yankees in a doubleheader. Before the night cap was over, we learned that Steve Cohen was all alone in negotiations to buy the Mets and had a good chance to complete his purchase this time. We were closer than ever to a new era of Mets prosperity.
Saturday was a bit of a wake-up call. Yankees starter J.A. Happ dominated the Mets for seven innings before being pulled by manager Aaron Boone just one out into the eighth. With the Mets trailing only 1-0 thanks to some solid work by Robert Gsellman and the bullpen, Wilson Ramos stepped to the plate against the new pitcher Adam Ottavino and immediately banged a home run off the left-field foul pole to tie the game. Could the Mets come from behind for the third game in a row?
Fate was not so kind this time around. After Aroldis Chapman shut down the Mets in the ninth, former Yankees flamethrower Dellin Betances took the mound in the bottom half. Betances walked Clint Frazier and allowed a one-out single to Jordy Mercer. He then threw a pitch way over Ramos’s head to bring Frazier home from third and end the game.
In the NBA, the Lakers beat the Trail Blazers for the fourth game in a row to finish off the first round playoff series. It’s funny because Portland was thought of as a tough match-up for the Lakers, with many media figures boldly predicting an upset even though the eight seed has only won a couple of series in NBA playoff history. Plus, LeBron James hasn’t lost a non-Finals playoff series in what feels like forever.
Big Cat wisely put a large sum on the Lakers to win the series despite them being heavy favorites. Betting against Blazers Derangement Syndrome paid off. It turns out that defense is still very important in basketball.
As for me, I need for sports gambling to get legalized in New York so that I can place bets after commuting into Manhattan.