Ok, so most people have pretty much written off this season. Hell, the way we started(5-13) was enough to make even the most optimistic Met fan doubt their predictions and many changed their outlook to a more sober one(this author is guily as charged for that one). Just when it seemed the Mets were turning it around, both the Mets biggest run producers get injured…seemingly putting an end to any hope of finishing close to .500. However, right when the usual “Met quicksand” was scheduled to appear…it didnt. The most unusual thing started to happen instead..something that Met fans were not accustomed nor expecting based off what we got used to from the last several years unexpected turbulence’s, guys started stepping up their game. It first started with Justin Turner who basically carried the team on his back for a full week. Then it bleed into the rotation in Dillion Gee and Jon Niese who both seemed to get better each time out. Then out of nowhere, Ronnie Paulino goes 5-5 in his debut and seemed to be the only remedy for an ailing Mike Pelfrey. R.A. followed the wave and while getting snake bit by his hamstring, continued to tough it out and do his job. All the while, two faces that have seen it all in Carlos Beltran and Jose Reyes turn in performances that have not been seen since 2007 and 2008. As much adversity that has been put in the Mets path, one would think that these guys would be near the bottom of the division. One quick look at the standings will show that they are actually in 3rd place…4.5 out of the wild card race which with two thirds of the season left to play is well within striking distance. These guys just wont go away no matter how easy it may be to do so given their situation. Does anyone think that without Josh Johnson, Hanley Ramirez and Gaby Sanchez that the Marlins would still be as good as they are? If you need an answer to that question, just look at their last few games with just 2/3 of those guys I mentioned being on the shelf. How about Philly without Ryah Howard, Chase Utley and Roy Halladay…would they still be as good. You can apply this principle with many teams in MLB and the answer will be mostly that we will never know. Nobody in the Majors that I can think of is without their #1 pitcher and two biggest RBI guys except for the Mets. Yet with all the crap from the Media, their owner and just about everywhere else that they get it from…they are still there. They have not been put away.
Now granted, this is still just 1/3 of the season through and the Mets are still under .500. Most people will point out that the Mets are just not that good and will falter before it is all said and done. They may be right but unless they have some crystal ball that can tell them the future, they could also be wrong. Theres a lot of baseball still left to play and as my fellow author King points out, their schedule is not forgiving. King is 100% right that the schedule get tougher for the Mets as the season goes along but that series against the Brewers showed me alot about this team. It doesnt matter who you are, the Mets are going to play hard. They say a team eventually takes on the personality of the manager. Id like to take this space and give credit to Terry Collins for doing such a good job with the resources that hes got. I may not agree with every decision made in game but there is no question he has got them giving 100 percent every time out. No question about the Met players being prepared and what is expected of them. Alot of weight is given to the manager when the team is performing poorly yet nearly nothing is give to him when the team is playing well. Terry Collins has his guys embracing the underdog role that they are in this year and making the most of it. For that and the eventual return of Wright, Ike and Johan…the Mets may have the potential to turn in something that we have not seen for 3 years…an interesting summer/fall.