Mets legend Tom Seaver passes away at 75
by Noah Zimmerman
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PHOTO: MICHAEL O'KANE
PHOTO: MICHAEL O'KANE
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Heartbreaking news struck Queens last week, as legendary Mets pitcher Tom Seaver passed away at age 75. “The Franchise” led the Mets to their first World Series title in 1969, launching a Hall of Fame career and putting the Mets on the map in Major League Baseball.

“Tom Terrific” was a legend in Queens, inspiring thousands with his iconic delivery and dominance on the mound. Mets players took the field against the Yankees on Thursday with dirt on their right knees, paying homage to Seaver’s drop-and-drive windup that would leave his knee soiled.

Seaver was named Rookie of the Year in 1967 and won three Cy Young awards and made 12 All-Star appearances in a wonderful 22-year career. Through 10 years in Queens, Seaver kept an ERA near 2.50 with 44 complete game shut-outs, just shy of 200 career wins in orange and blue.

Fans have long wished for a statue honoring the greatest Met of all time, and hopefully it’s only a matter of time before Tom is memorialized outside of Citi Field.

While no player has equaled Seaver’s impact to the franchise, one star has drawn comparisons to the fabled right hander. Jacob deGrom, who is eyeing a third Cy Young award of his own, has shown signs of dominance seldom seen in a Mets uniform in the 21st century.

After Jake Arrieta and the Phillies cruised to a 5-3 win on Friday, Seth Lugo became the first Mets starting pitcher to get a win in 20 games, as New York responded with a 5-1 victory.

The Mets ace took the mound against the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday, looking to continue another dominant season. With the series tied at one, the Mets looked to their star pitcher to continue the march towards .500.

deGrom went seven strong innings with 12 strikeouts and just one run on three hits. His fastball pounded the zone, touching 101mph as 94mph sliders and 92mph changeups dodged Phillie bats.

The lone blemish came off the bat of back-up catcher Andrew Knapp, who sent his first home run of the season over the wall in left field to tie the game at one.

For the next five frames, deGrom carved up Philadelphia, still able to strike out Alec Bohm and Neil Walker in the seventh with no gas left in the tank. For deGrom, it was just another dominant outing.

However, in contrast to the vast majority of his starts, the Mets provided deGrom with plenty of run support.

Despite a very strong start by Aaron Nola, the Mets bats erupted, held scoreless in only two innings. A two-homer game for Pete Alonso and a six-run eighth inning highlighted the strongest offensive performance of the season for New York.

Only JD Davis and Wilson Ramos struggled at the plate with six strikeouts between the two. However, Ramos sent his third homer of the season to right field, capping a 14-run performance for a Mets offense in need of an explosive outing.

Former Met Zach Wheeler faced off against his former team in a Labor Day series finale, looking sharp on the bump at Citi Field for the first time in red. Wheeler kept New York scoreless in the first four frames, backed by a sizable lead.

Phillie bats got to Mets starter David Peterson early with three runs in the first and two more in the second.

Peterson suffered his first bad game of his career, as the rookie lasted just two innings with four walks and five runs allowed. Peterson’s ERA climbed above four, with the poor outing likely ending his contention for NL Rookie of the Year.

After Wheeler’s day was done, the Mets immediately jumped on the Phillies bullpen. After cutting the lead in half in the fifth, Jeff McNeil’s second homer of the year put the Mets up one in a four-run seventh inning.

Unfortunately for New York, one run was not enough, as the game was tied up in the eighth before going to extras. Miguel Castro looked to keep the game level in the tenth, but Jean Segura launched a game-winning two-run blast to left field.

New York recovered one run in the bottom of the inning, but it wasn’t enough as the Mets fell in heartbreaking fashion after erasing a 6-0 deficit.

New York stumbled past the two-thirds mark on the short season at an underwhelming 19-23. With MLB’s expanded playoffs, the Mets are still within striking distance of a wild card berth, sitting just a few games behind teams like the Giants, Rockies, and Brewers.

With 16 games to play, the Mets have to find a way to build momentum and work around a thinly stretched pitching staff as they fight for a spot in the postseason.

The Mets on Friday head to Buffalo, taking on the Blue Jays in a three-game set. deGrom takes the mound again on Saturday, looking to stay near the top of another tight NL Cy Young race.
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