Despite being swept in dominating fashion with everything on the line in the most pivotal series of the season, the Mets haven’t lost confidence.
In an article by Mike Puma of the New York Post, several of them had comments about the series and what’s next for New York. None of which were more interesting than Seth Lugo‘s, who still believes the Mets are a better team than the Braves, something they will prove if they meet again in the playoffs.
“I think we’re better than those guys and I think we’ll prove it if we face them again,” said Lugo. “I would like another shot. At the same time whoever the opponent is, you want to face the best,” Lugo continued.
The Mets very well could eclipse the 100-win mark this season, so they have every reason to express confidence, but this is probably one of those things that is better left unsaid. The Mets sent out their three best starters, got a lead in every game, and still managed to lose every game of the series by at least two runs. The Braves have also been the hottest team in baseball since June 1st, are the reigning World Champions, and likely won’t meet the Mets until the NLCS, if at all. Spending time worrying about what just transpired at Truist Park isn’t going to do the Mets any favors.
Mets outfielder Mark Canha also had some intriguing comments.
“We weren’t in this to win the NL East,” Canha said. “That wasn’t the goal in spring training. The goal was to win the World Series. We can still do that and we need to prepare ourselves for that road.”
That’s the proper mindset. At the end of the day, the Mets won 100 games and still have the pitching to make a deep playoff run. They need to lick their wounds and focus on the road ahead because World Series champions can come from anywhere. With that being said, it will be fascinating to see how the Mets respond to being punched in the face and left with very little chance of winning the division.
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