Would it be jumping the gun to think the New York Mets are giving us a glimpse of things to come. They started out this April playing extremely poor baseball due in large part to their anemic offense, and after twelve games they where a pathetic 4 wins and 8 losses. Without any offensive production to speak of they even dropped a series to the bottom feeding Washington Nationals. Several days ago, things in Flushing, N.Y. started to change in a very pleasant way in the form of their most successful home stand ever taking nine out of ten games. It all started with a four game set with the Chicago Cubs where the Mets took three out of four. Following that was a three game series with the vastly improved Atlanta Braves which was supposed to be a real test and they ended up sweeping that. To end the home stand, three games where on slate with Joe Torre and the Los Angeles Dodgers. They haven’t been playing great baseball but these are the teams you need to beat and the Mets swept that series as well. Taking nine out of ten on this home stand was statistically the best home stand ever in Flushing and it put the Mets in first place by 1/2 a game over the division rival Philadelphia Phillies. Is this a flash in the pan or are the Mets for real this season. We will have to wait and see but i am seeing some very good and positive signs.
The pitching has been a bright spot for most of the season as far as the starting pitching as well as the bull pen. Mike Pelfry has been the biggest surprise pitching so well that he is bolstering his status as a legitimate number two pitcher. Although he was roughed up against the Phillies on Saturday and their seven game winning streak was snapped, he has been a pleasant surprise winning his first four games with an e.r.a. under one. Getting smacked around by that Phillie lineup is nothing new to most pitchers. Johan is Johan and he is nothing to worry about. John Main pitched very poorly to start the season but his last few outings are very encouraging. The rest of the staff is doing very well and the bullpen is keeping them in these games.
Although the pitching was holding them together early on, the Mets offense is finally starting to give us hope that they are turning the corner. Jose Reyes is looking more and more comfortable on the base paths and at the plate every game that he plays. The two major players that where killing them where David Wright and the newly acquired Jason Bay who are the meat of the Mets Lineup. Jason Bay is really starting to rip the cover off of the ball. Even his outs are well hit. And David Wright is starting to look comfortable up there again and it is showing in his statistics. The most telling thing about him is that it looks like he is driving the ball the other way and to center which had been his bread and butter for the first few years of his career. That outside pitch doesn’t seem to be fooling him anymore. If Carlos Beltran ever rejoins the team this year that will give them a defense and a lineup that I feel can hang with anyone in the league.
So sit back and enjoy and watch some quality baseball which we haven’t seen much of around here since 2006. Things could definitely fall into place to where the Mets could make a serious run at the playoffs. Stick around and we will see if the New York Mets are for real, or not.