1986 vs. 2022 METS: NO COMPARISON
I went back and watched the ninth inning of Monday’s Mets-Cardinals game this morning. I heard Ron Darling say something when I was watching the game live on Monday and I couldn’t get it out of my head.
With two outs and a runner on second and the Mets trailing 2-0, Mark Canha was in the middle of his most memorable at-bat in his short time as a Met. Cardinals closer Giovanny Gallegos had reduced the Mets to their final strike multiple times during the inning but could not put them away.
Gallegos was on the brink again. The fans had one foot in the aisles, chugging their final contents of their beer, ready to high five and hit the road home. With count 2-2, Darling noted
“I always say, if you’re going to have a magical year, at times you’re going to have to beat the other’s team’s closer.”
Canha fought his way back from an 0-2 count to a 3-2. On the seventh pitch of the at-bat, Canha hit a slow ground ball to third which the oft, sure-handed Nolan Arenado threw away to keep the inning alive. The rest is history.
The Mets fast start has led to a number of social media posts comparing the 1986 Mets to the 2022 Mets.
But for the sake of conversation, if anyone is qualified to speak about “magical” seasons, it is Darling. As a member of the 1986 Mets, he witnessed his fair share of comebacks and late inning rally’s. The ’86 Mets won 108 games during the regular season. The Mets had their fair share of come-from-behind wins during the regular and postseason.
If the Mets continue to win late/close games two things will happen:
- The media will begin asking Darling, Keith Hernandez, and the ’86 team how the two teams compare
- The potential for heart attacks will increase
I say, slow your roll. There is no comparison — yet.