What a roller coaster of a 2011 season has this been right?
That is one of the great things about this game. You can never truly know what to expect and as soon as you feel confident you do, something comes along and says “Ah-Ah-Ah, not so fast”.
Case in point, these 2011 NY Mets. They have consistently played better than expected whenever they have been written off this season.
Here are some Key points so far this season.
April 20 – Saw a 5-13 record have some pressing the panic button and describing this team to be on par with a famous ship who had a date with an iceberg. Add also a particular radio voice talking about them soon being no longer relevant for the rest of the season.
May 10 – Saw the Mets Ike Davis play his last game due to a bone bruise that has seen his chances of coming back in 2011 pass with each new day.
May 15 – Saw the Mets David Wright play his last game due to a stress fracture in his back that has yet to see him make his way back to the lineup.
June 24 – Saw the start of a 9 game road trip vs the AL Division leaders Texas Rangers, Detroit Tigers and NY Yankees.
July 2 – Saw the Mets lose their MVP Jose Reyes with tightness in one of his legs.
July 4 – Saw the start of a 10 game stretch. 7 of which came on a West coast trip to end the 1st half Followed by 3 games at home vs the NL East Leaders Philadelphia Phillies to start the 2nd half.
How did the respond to all those key moments?
They rebounded from that 5-13 start to reach .500 22/W22/L on May 20 with a 2-1 win over the Yankees.
They have filled in for Wright & Davis with contributions from Daniel Murphy and Justin Turner rather well seeing countless big hits from both those players so far this season.
That 9 game road trip vs the AL Division leaders that had them 1 game below .500 and 5.5 games back in the W.C. standings at the start of it saw them go 5-4 and finish .500 and 6.5 games back in the W.C. standings at 42/W 42/L.
That 10 game stretch of games to end the 1st half and start the 2nd half that had them .500 and 6.5 games back in the W.C. standings at the start of it. Saw them go 5-5 and finish .500 at 47/W 47/L and 8.5 games back in the W.C. standings without their MVP Jose Reyes in the lineup for all 10 of those games and without Carlos Beltran for the last 2 of those games with flu like symptoms.
Like I said, what a roller coaster of a season right?
So here we are 47-47 and 8.5 games behind in the Wild Card race. The Mets 14 games from having played 2/3 of the season and also reaching the July 31 trading deadline.
Everything suggests that you should expect there is little to no chance of the Mets cutting into that now 8.5 games deficit and making themselves still a relevant team in the W.C. race in the next 14 games and yet at every one of those key points I just finished describing the Mets you can argue have played better than expected.
So I say to you all that are waking up today feeling glass half empty at the thought of what may await over the next 14 games, Don’t get off the roller coaster just yet Mets Fans.
Enjoy the ride for as long as you can. Who knows these Mets may still defy expectations.
Hope you have a Great day and LGM!