Two big updates this past week in no particular order:
1 - The Mets Swept the Cleveland Indians
2 - I got Lasik surgery on my eyeballs
1 - The Cleveland Indians have the best record in the MLB since June 4th (kind of an arbitrary date to say you have the best record since). Well I guess we're going to have to start questioning the quality of competition they have faced since June 4th because the Mets had no problem busting out the brooms and sweeping the "Native Americans."
In a very, very important game 1 Steven Matz brought his best. Game 1 of a series is always important, but this was also game 1 of a 9-game homestand against three consistently tough teams in the Indians, Braves and Cubs. Matz went 6.1 giving up 5 hits and 1 run before turning it over Wilson, Avilan and Sewald to finish. The big moment in this game came in the bottom of the 6th, when Joe Panik hit a short fly ball to left field that was dropped by Indians outfielder Oscar Mercado. It was a Little League type error, a simple pop fly that Mercado just couldn't squeeze his glove on allowing Panik to reach safely. As these things go, giving the Mets an extra out was costly as two batters later, after the inning should have been over, Michael Corleonforto smacked a 2 run bomb over the right field wall that gave the Mets a 4-2 lead that they wouldn't surrender. The Mets tacked on 5 more runs with a party of hits in the 7th and 8th to win 9-2 and take the first game of this series some momentum to carry over for this incredibly important home stand.
Game 2 was epic. Marcus "NaStro Libre" Stroman threw 4 good innings giving up 1 run before having to come out with a hamstring injury. Get well soon Marcus. Somos Familia came in to everyone's dismay but pitched a lights out 5th (dare I say that Jeurys is actually pitching... well?). Brad Brach surrendered the lead in the 6th and the score remained 2-2 through 9 innings. Free baseball, onto extras. Carlos Santana took Luis Avilan deep in the top of 10th to give Cleveland a 3-2 lead, but the Mets didn't hear no bell. In the bottom of the 10th Rosario (who can't stop won't stop hitting) led off with a double and Panik sacrificed him over to put the tying run on 3rd with 1 out. Alonso got the intentional pass to set up a lefty/lefty matchup of Brad Hand vs. Michael Conforto. Terry Francona, what an idiot! It actually was a good move as Conforto ripped a hard grounder to first. It should have been a game ending double play, but Hand forgot to cover first so Conforto was safe and Rosario scored from third, tying the game 3-3 with 2 outs and a runner on first. Wilson Ramos came up needing a hit to extend his hitting streak to 15 games, and he got just that in the form of a 15 foot grounder that Hand was unable to get to in time to throw out the guy who's so fast his nickname is "Buffalo". With Ramos on first and Conforto on second, up stepped JD Davis. I think everyone saw what was coming next from this club and this guy in particular. JD sent a 3-2 hanging slider to the left field wall for a walk off single and the Mets took game 2 by a score of 4-3.
Game 3 was Thor's turn to shove it. And shove it, he did. Noah got the first 16 batters out before allowing a single to Tyler Naquin with 1 out in the top of the 6th. Lindor singled two batters later but the Indians could not capitalize on the opportunity and Noah got through 6 innings giving up 2 hits and no walks, striking out 5 on 73 pitches. Syndergaard undoubtedly would have gone deeper into the game if not for a 2+ hour rain delay in the bottom of the 6th. The umps refused to call the game and brought the teams back out around 11:30 to continue the game. However, two innings later, with the score favoring the Mets 2-0, the clouds opened again in the bottom of the 8th and the game would end there. F/8 2-0 victory for the NYM and a SWEEEEEP of the Tribe.
The sweep was nice. The wins were crucial because the Cardinals, Cubs, Nationals and Phillies are each as hot as ever. There is no room for error in a wild card race with 5 teams within 2 games of each other. But one thing that made it even sweeter came to us courtesy of the idiots running the Cleveland Indians social media accounts:
"a fringe posteason team"
Suck my balls Cleveland. You are a fringe franchise. A fringe city full of fringe people living fringe lives. And that "best team in baseball" they split a series with? Of course, the Yankees. Why don't you suck their dick a little harder, Cleveland? Rick Vaughan did not strike out Clu Haywood just to see the Indians twitter account call the Yankees the best team in baseball.
So in conclusion:
2 - I got Lasik surgery done on my eyes. It's seriously insane. I feel like someone from the Bible that Jesus performed a miracle on. Still can't come to grips with the idea that I am not wearing my contacts because I can see so clearly. Better than I did before honestly even with my contacts or glasses on. And also my eyes are dry as fuck. Lasik is way more painful than they tell you and you have to put eyedrops in every hour for like a month before the dryness goes away. But it's all well worth it to go from legally blind to having eagle eye vision. Pray for whoever I play sports against next. Golf, basketball, softball, darts, pool, you name it. I'm fuckin back, baby!