There's an old expression in baseball: Don't believe everything you see in March or September.  In March, your opponents are incomplete teams, who don't care much if they win or lose, made up of a few starters and a few prospects trying to earn a job with the big club.  In September, your opponents are incomplete teams, who don't care much if they win or lose (Hello, Nats and Fish), made up of a few starters and a few prospects trying to earn a job with the big club.If you believed everything you saw in March with the Mets, you would have thought:
  • Josh Thole had a legitimate chance of hitting .400
  • Scott Hairston could hit 40 HRs
  • Jason Bay was on his way to a bounceback season
  • Carlos Beltran was going to spend half the year on the DL
  • The bullpen was actually good
If you believe everything you've seen this September, you'd think:
  • Josh Stinson is the second coming of Dennis Eckersley
  • Nick Evans's real last name is DiMaggio
  • Miguel Batista is the ace of the staff
  • Jason Bay is finally turning things around
In addition, the Mets have won 10 of their last 13, all against NL East Opponents.  The only problem is, 2 of those wins have come against the class of the division, the Phillies and Braves, while the rest of the victories have been against the Marlins and Nationals - 2 teams who look like they'd rather be sitting on a couch watching football.In that light, however, the Mets deserve credit for not just playing out the string.  They still look like they care about finishing at or above .500.  That's an important distinction between New York and other playoff-challenged teams in September.  Instead of a group of individuals playing for jobs in 2012, the Mets are playing as a team, thanks in large part to Terry Collins and his young, enthusiastic core of players.  Maybe that's one thing about this September that we can believe.