Sometimes a series is just a series...sometimes it portends something a little bit more.
The Mets and the Reds wrapped up their season series with Wednesday night's 3-1 Reds win.
And is it just me, or could these six games have taken place in October just as easily as May and July?
A couple of months ago, a conversation about the Mets and Reds meeting in the playoffs might have seemed far-fetched. But the reality of the situation, here approaching the All Star break, is that they are two of the best teams in the National League, and each of the games they have played this season has been a nip-and-tuck classic.
May 3: Reds 3, Mets 2 - Remember the beginning of May, when the Mets climbed to first place, only to drop pretty quickly out of it? This series in Cincinnati helped push them out. The first game ended with a Laynce Nix walk-off homer in the 11th inning, as the Mets wasted one of the few good Oliver Perez starts of the year.
May 4: Mets 5, Reds 4 - A game microcosmic of the 3-game series - the Mets blew a 4-2 lead on back-to-back Reds solo homers in the 8th, but Rod Barajas hit the deciding solo homer in the 9th.
May 5: Reds 5, Mets 4 - The Mets tied this game late, with a run in the ninth, and it went extra innings again. This time, in the tenth inning, Orlando Cabrera won it for the Reds with a solo homer. There were 11 homers in the series in Cincinnati, all of them were solo shots.
July 5: Reds 8, Mets 6 - Marred by a bad call by the umpires in a 6-run fifth inning, the Mets still came back with 5 runs in their half before the Reds added an insurance run on Joey Votto's second homer of the night. No surprise that the Mets got the tying run to the plate in the bottom of the ninth.
July 6: Mets 3, Reds 0 - There was a solo homer in this game, too - from an unlikely source. Starting pitcher Johan Santana went the distance in a dominant performance...and he's the one who hit the only homer of the game.
July 7: Reds 3, Mets 1 - The Mets got the winning run to the plate in the bottom of the 9th of this one - another tight matchup. Bronson Arroyo pretty much owns the Mets - he pitched 8 great innings in this one. Jonathan Niese had another good start, but the Mets bats couldn't get anything oging.
So the Reds took this season series, in which just one game was separated by more than 2 runs (and it was 3), 4 games to 2. Kind of like a best-of-7 playoff series.
The only thing more fitting would have been if the series ended with each team taking three games...necessitating a playoff series to act as the deciding Game 7.