For the second straight time with Jacob deGrom on the mound, the Mets scored an embarrassing amount of runs and brutishly buried their opponent. Last weekend the victim was the Philadelphia Phillies, and last night it was the Toronto Blue Jays, who many have claimed to be the best team in New York due to them playing their home games in Buffalo and having a stronger record than the Mets or Yankees.
They didn’t look it last night. The Blue Jays struck early in the bottom of the first when Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit a long RBI single off of deGrom, but the Mets closed the game with 18 unanswered runs, 10 of which came in a very fun fourth inning. Almost everyone had a good game at the plate, but it was especially encouraging to see Wilson Ramos get on track. He batted ninth and went 3-for-5 with two doubles, and home run, and four RBI.
When Ramos is locked in, he’s hitting line drives all over the field, and he was going the other way with AUTHORITY on Friday night. The Mets are now two games behind Miami and San Francisco for the final National League wild card spot. If they string a few wins together, October is a real possibility, but winning consistently is an issue when the rotation is so inconsistent. Success will come down to the Mets locking down wins with deGrom and Seth Lugo on the mound and getting enough from their elite lineup when everyone else is starting.
In the NBA last night, the Celtics clamped down on the Raptors, allowing just 41 second-half points en route to a 92-87 Game 7 victory. At just 22 years old, Jayson Tatum showed that he’s very close to being a bona fide superstar by leading all players in points, rebounds, and assists. The Eastern Conference Finals between Boston and Miami promises to be as intense a series as they come. Both sides are balanced, well-coached, and don’t take a breaks on defense.
Although Denver came from behind to beat the Clippers last night, it would be shocking if we didn’t see both Los Angeles teams in the Western Finals. The Nuggets would have to overcome a 3-1 deficit for the second round in a row, and the Rockets just don’t have the size to defend the Lakers. It will be fun to see how the television ratings play out with superstars in one conference and a grind-it-out 1990s throwback in the other.
Meanwhile, today is the first real college football weekend of the season. It’s not as good as it could have been with all the games postponed and canceled due to COVID-19, but it’s still something. Louisiana just beat Iowa State for the program’s second ever win over a ranked team! That’s exciting, especially since I had the Ragin’ Cajuns plus the points.
My other bets aren’t go as well so far, but there’s still a lot of football to play!