The Mets are 6-1 in their last seven games, and there is a lot to be feeling good about.Â They got their first series win, their first sweep, and are above .500.Â They’re only 1.5 games behind the Phillies now, with three games to play before they head down there to play them.Â It looks like they’ll have a chance in a head-to-head battle to take the division lead going into May.
The pitching has been surprisingly good, even for someone that thought it had potential.Â Â They have some things to work out with Maine, and I’m concerned about how it’s being handled, but one starter is not going to doom this team, and if he can’t get it done someone else will.Â It seems like the Mets might already be aiming Takahashi at that spot, and if not there is Dillon Gee in the minors, or Pat Misch, or a trade.
The offense has only gone in spurts so far.Â Ike Davis has been pretty good, but he’s still a rookie and whether or not he’s good enough to do this all year and adjust to the pitchers adjusting to him remains to be seen.Â It’s stillÂ nice to have a talented lefty first baseman out there defensively.Â Reyes is starting to hit again, Bay may be starting to get hot.Â Wright’s having some struggles but I’m not worried about him.
You canâ€™t have a positive post without mentioning Mike Pelfrey specifically. He leads the majors in ERA. Heâ€™s 4-0.Â Â Heâ€™s pitching well, and with confidence.Â Â Sure, four starts isn’t exactly a whole season and he’s had good stretches before, but just looking at the way he’s pitching and the confidence he’s pitching with gives fans confidence that he’ll continue to be good.Â Obviously he won’t be this good, and he will have to make adjustments as hitters get used to his new style of pitching, but I’ve got confidence he will make those adjustments and allow the Mets to have a 1-2 punch that can compete with anyone.
These next nine games are big games for the Mets.Â Three games in 24 hours is tough, and then a three game series against the Phillies after an off day.Â With these games the Mets can shake off their bad start and assert their team into the division race conversation.Â They can put the pressure on the Phillies who many think can start coasting in May towards the National League pennant.Â The three games after the weekend are important as well, as it’s important to not undo any progress made against the Phillies.Â Even if they were to lose to the Phillies, those three games can help assert that you can knock the Mets back, but not out.Â Â Â Additionally, a winning record over the next nine games helps put .500 in the back window for good.Â