I know it’s only 10 games into a 162 game season but I must say that it was nice waking up this morning in a world where the Mets are in first place. Starting the season winning 2 out of 3 from the Washington Nationals (who are 4-4 since that series) was exciting for Mets fans considering the Nationals are odds on favorites to win the division. But even with the drop in competition since that series – the Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies and Miami Marlins – the team put together a 5-2 stretch that is rare for recent Mets teams. And with 6 more games against Marlins and Braves over the next 7 days things are looking good for the team for another week before meeting the Yankees next weekend.
It hasn’t come without it’s negative repercussions. Injuries to Jenrry Mejia and David Wright will make the next few weeks more challenging. Mejia’s role as closer will be capably filled by Jeurys Familia, who may be the better choice for the job anyway (but that’s a different discussion), and will be up for a challenge later in the season when Bobby Parnell returns. The loss of Wright will be of obviously bigger impact. His replacement, Eric Campbell, will be hard pressed to replace the production of Wright. (Yes, I know he doesn’t really have to.)
But despite these negatives I’m still optimistic, a feeling Mets fans have already abandoned 10 games into the season in recent years.