At the end of Spring Training I gave my prediction on what the Mets record would be when the regular season ended on October 3rd.
I stated that if everything broke the Mets way, I could see them ending up with a .500 record. Well needless to say here we are in the first week of July and the Mets have a record of 43-37 – 3 and a half games behind the Washington Nationals and in sole possession of second place.
Johan has exceeded everyone’s best case scenarios, R.A Dickey is making his case to be the National League Cy Young Award winner, and David Wright has returned to being a clutch player. Duda, Captain Kirk and Daniel Murphy have all been playing on a high level – but possibly the biggest surprise is Ruben Tejada acquitting himself as a more than competent replacement for Jose Reyes.
The starting rotation ( thought to be a it’s core weakness) has proved to be it’s strong suit, while the bullpen continues to be erratic.
But the question remains ” Can the Mets keep up this level of play” ? Well think that if Sandy Alderson can procure some bullpen help and possibly a back of the rotation pitcher – without sacrificing valuable personnel , and manager, Terry Collins can keep this team motivated – well I think it is quite possible that that the Wild Card playoff spots could be more dream than reality . Trust me – I never thought I would say that at the beginning of the season
And with that said… HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes:
Middle reliever from the ;67 season, Hal Reniff is 74 (1938) .
Reserve catcher/first baseman from the ’98 season, Tim Spehr is 46 (1966) .
Mets outfielder from ’08-’11, Angel Pagan is 30 (1981) . Angel was ( and is) a very talented player – when he is focused and his mind is in the game. Unfortunately that was not always the case during his time with the Mets.
The New York Mets selected catcher, Duffy Dyer in seventh round of free agent draft on July 2, 1966.
The New York Mets signed free agent outfielder, Fernando Martinez on this date in 2005. “F-Mart” was touted as the jewel of the Mets minor leagues, but when given the opportunity on the big stage he faltered. He is currently batting .067 for the Houston Astros in a limited capacity.
The New York Mets signed free agent utility infielder, Andy Green on July 2, 2008.
The reports that a earthquake was felt in Los Angeles proved to be untrue. It turns out that Mo Vaughn was in attendance for last nights Mets vs Dodgers game, and the ever expansive Mo indulged himself to extra helpings of re-fried beans before hand !!!