Is the Mets 6-3 record more than just a hot start?
Nine games are not a lot. There is a LOT of baseball to be played yet. Even the 1962 Mets had a stretch of games where they won six of nine. In fact, they won nine of 12. Of course, they followed that up with a 17 game losing streak, mostly to the Giants and Dodgers.
I don’t think this team is 1962 bad. I’m pretty sure of it. I don’t even think they’re 2011 bad. I think this collection of players is a winning ballclub. I said in March that this division would be a race down to the wire. I still believe that they are all going to be more bunched up this season, compared to the Phillies winning 102 games last year. As we know, this means winning the games against the division opponents becomes even more important. The Mets are 6-3 against the division, 2-1 against the favorites, and are playing good baseball.
I was more optimistic, obviously, about this team to begin with. I believe. I think others are starting to believe too. Maybe not that this team could actually compete, but that they might actually win more games than they lose. They’ve shed the negativity that’s so prevalent in the offseason for what looks like a very fun team to watch. You could see the expected win totals creeping up from the offseason, through Spring Training, and now even further with a nice start.
Obviously nothing’s perfect. The Mets won’t win 67% of their games. They probably won’t go 159 and 3. Bay still is very spotty and seems to get hurt every time he does anything good. The defense is a work in progress, and may actually be really bad. Mike Pelfrey is still Mike Pelfrey. Although I’d offer this counter point to those saying it’s a pain to watch Pelfrey pitch: Think about how the Phillies fans feel watching guys get soft blooping singles off of him and unable to make much of them. Is there anything more frustrating than watching your players make soft contact?
There is much more good than bad in this short part of the season. Ike Davis and Lucas Duda have started slowly, but they’re already hitting home runs. The rotation has actually been excellent. Santana is still standing and pitching well, Dickey is still awesome, Niese so far looks to have taken his new contract to heart, and even Pelfrey is generating the groundballs he needs to be successful. Let’s not forget David Wright. Many of you joked about his jammed finger and day to day status leading to a three month DL stint. Instead he missed merely three games and homered in his very next pitch. I think Rich Coutinho said it best:
Lets face facts If Derek Jeter played with a broken bone and hit a homer, in Boston say, they would be airing a spec Yankeeography 2 nite
— Rich Coutinho (@coutinho9) April 14, 2012
So let’s enjoy some baseball, and see if the Mets can sweep the Braves again!