The 2015 Mets as a Three-Act Play

Act I:

We are introduced to the New York Metropolitan Baseball Club, a team with hopes of its first winning season in seven years and perhaps contending for a wild card spot. They’re 13-3 after an 11-game win streak but they’ve given it all back by late June. Their seventh straight loss drops them to 36-37. They have great pitching but terrible hitting. A 2-0 deficit in the third inning is cause to change the channel.  David Wright is hurt and nobody knows when he’ll return. Travis d’Arnaud goes back and forth to the DL. Curtis Granderson is in there every day, drawing walks and hitting home runs. Lucas Duda and Daniel Murphy run hot and cold but they contribute too. And the pitching remains strong enough to keep the team afloat. It’s clear they need an offensive upgrade. Act I ends as the trade deadline nears.

Act II:

The Mets do make a move, acquiring Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson from Atlanta. Neither is a star, but they’re major league hitters. For a team had that been giving at-bats to several quadruple-A players, they represent upgrades. They debut on July 25. Johnson homers and the Mets score a then-season-high 15 runs in a blowout win.

A few days later, the playwright teases the audience with rumors of a trade for Carlos Gomez, a five-tool player who would add some potency to the lineup. He tugs at their heartstrings by choosing Wilmer Flores as the trade bait. Flores literally cries on the field during a game as he gets wind of the deal. But it was a ruse! Flores is not going anywhere. Two days later, he kicks off the biggest series in Citi Field history with a walk-off home run to beat the first-place Nationals.

Earlier that day, just minutes before the trade deadline, the Mets get Yoenis Cespedes, a legitimate slugger. The offense goes from one of the worst in baseball to the best, and the Mets can’t lose. They beat Washington twice more to earn a sweep and tie them for first, the beginning of a 19-6 stretch. Suddenly, no deficit is too large to overcome.

Act II brings some off-field drama. If the Mets reach the playoffs, will Matt Harvey pitch? The audience is worried about that, but they’re having flashbacks to previous works from this director, particularly plays from 2007 and 2008.

This one has a new twist. The Mets clinch. The playwright pours it on heavy: Harvey dominates and Wright hits a home run in the ninth. New York is going to the playoffs for the first time sine 2006.

Act III:

The Mets are battling the Dodgers for home field in the National League Division Series. Regardless of where Games 1 and 2 are played, 2015 Cy Young frontrunner Zack Greinke and 2014 MVP Clayton Kershaw will pitch in those games. The Mets will counter with Jacob deGrom and perhaps Harvey. They won the season series against LA 4-3. It could go either way. Should the Mets advance, they’d play one of the teams from the Central. They went 0-7 against Pittsburgh, 0-6 against the Cubs, and 3-4 vs. St. Louis. Possible World Series opponents include…

Whoawhoawhoa. Who knows how the final act will play out. But the audience could walk out right now and be satisfied. The plot was far too absurd to ever happen in real life, but boy was it entertaining.

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