Mets’ series win over Dodgers doesn’t have big-picture value

The Mets won Game 7.

That means much less on September 1 than October 25, the scheduled date for Game 7 of this year’s NLCS.

But does it have any macro significance? The Mets beat the Dodgers 5-3 at Citi Field on Thursday in a game with less pace and grace than the previous two games in the series — what Francisco Lindor called “the postseason.” Atmosphere” competition.

The Mets have won those three series plus this season’s four-to-three series — so Game 7 between the Dodgers and Mets is by far the team with the best record in the NL. A team that has participated in the NLCS collision course almost all year. The Mets defeated the Dodgers 25-24 in seven games — a testament to the intensity of the New York-Los Angeles game.

Now (sorry) disclaimer. It was great that the Mets had their first series loss against the Dodgers since July 25-27. The last one to do? The Nationals with the worst record in the NL. It’s pretty awesome that the Mets have beaten the most dominant club in the sport to win a season series in 2022. But do you know who has the best record against the Dodgers this year? That would be the Buccaneers, who beat the Dodgers 5-1 but still have the second-worst record in the NL.

So much change happens in one long season and one six-month straight series after another. The Mets once beat the Dodgers 10-1 and beat them 49-18 before losing to Los Angeles in seven games in the 1988 NLCS.

Brandon Nimoy (right) is greeted by Francisco Lindor after scoring in the seventh inning.
Brandon Nimoy (right) is greeted by Francisco Lindor after scoring in the seventh inning.
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So I hate to spoil obvious themes, especially since these games are so much fun and crowded and more enthusiastic than the normal games of the regular season. Still, it’s prudent to take too much information and hints from these seven games. As Max Scherzer said of the series: “The stakes don’t exist. They’re big games. They feel big, but the stakes don’t exist. When you play long enough, you know when your It will be different when the season is approaching.”

Scherzer, who started Game 7 of the World Series in his 26 playoff games, added: “Once you win or go home, there’s a whole different vibe. And we’re not there yet.”

Lindo, who played in Game 7 of the World Series, said, “These games are great. The fans really love them. But the anxiety, the nerves, the butterflies, they’re not there yet. … We know there’s tomorrow.”

Buck Showalter admits the Dodgers are in “a different mode” these days. They have earned the right to be in this mode. After not losing two straight games throughout August, the Dodgers lost their second straight on the first day of September. They have 90 wins — which could be enough to take over the NL West if they don’t win anymore.

Scherzer pointed out that the Dodgers have their division set, and the Mets have a lot of work to do if they’re going to stop the Warriors in the NL East. The Dodgers played Thursday like a club that had eased a little on the gas, with no familiar polish, especially second baseman Gavin Lux. But the Mets took advantage of a number of shortcomings, including a rush, some key hits and an excellent all-around effort from Lindo.

As Showalter puts it, “It’s good to be sure we can play with them.”

The Dodgers did play their “A” lineup throughout the series, and this team led the majors in scoring with nearly 5 per game per game and just 8 points in three games.

Chris Bassett pitched in the Mets' win over the Dodgers on Thursday.
Chris Bassett pitched in the Mets’ win over the Dodgers on Thursday.
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The Mets won their season series against the Dodgers.
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In the final inning, Chris Bassett settled in a tough second inning — aided by Lux’s poor running and Dino Ebel’s poor third-base coaching — and had two outs in the third. Blocked a delay of more than 6 minutes. Debate over when and if stadium lights should be turned on to keep the Dodgers two-run in six innings.

Max Muncy and Justin Turner were each within a few feet of each other when they hit a flat Edwin Diaz slider three-run homer in the eighth. Turner’s tee shot came at the expense of flying, and the Mets have been closer in the second round since mid-June. Lacking his best sliders, Diaz finished the lux with a fastball of 102.8 mph and finished eighth at 102.8 mph — as Showalter described, “a very good Plan B”.

Adam Ottavino threw a pressure-free ninth and the Mets took the series win and a season series win over the Dodgers. They won this Game 7.

Will there be another one?


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