200 Miles From the Citi

June 29, 2010 11:02 PM

A Road Comeback


Less than 24 hours after I declared the Mets are as good as dead when they trail a game on the road....they made a comeback.

It was an especially encouraging comeback for a few reasons:

1)  It came after the Mets blew their own 3-run lead to fall behind by 3.

2)  It came against the Marlins, a team that was absolutely destroying the Mets on the road, and

3)  It was the bottom of the lineup that came back to tie the game in the ninth inning.

Of course, all that was negated by the little matter of the Mets losing the game.

I'll take the baby step progress, though.

Good for the Mets for not rolling over and playing dead after falling behind.  They got to a less-than-impressive Marlins bullpen, and at least gave themselves a chance at a win.

This game was very reminiscent of a Mets-Marlins game from day two of the season.

In that game the Mets overcame a 6-1 deficit, tied the game, then lost in 10 innings.

In this one the Mets overcame a 6-3 deficit (blew their own 3-0 lead), tied it in the 9th, then lost in the bottom of the 9th.

That time, the game was at Citi Field and this time it was a road game.  And until the Mets start winning some road games, that road hurdle is going to be a constant theme every time the Mets lose a game on the road.  It's going to be these types of road games we point to (especially the ones against Florida, which the Mets just can't seem to win) if the Mets end up losing out on the playoffs by a game or two.

In that April game, the Mets didn't carry over very much emotion from their exciting comeback (and eventual loss), losing four of their next five at home and six of seven overall. And that was at home, where the Mets soon began to be dominant.

You hope this time the Mets can look past the negative of losing another road game to focus on a good road comeback...and build on that positive in their final five road games before the All Star break.

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