Matthew Cerrone at Metsblog wrote a post this morning that I had intended to write. The gist of the post is that the season is fraught with challenges and losing two of three to the Yankees over the weekend presents one such challenge. That challenge is: how will this team rebound from the adversity of underperforming against the Yankees?
On the plus side for the Mets is that they have a 4.5 game lead in the division and are 9 games over .500 at this early stage of the season. These are accomplishments that nobody expected and likewise nobody expects them to hold onto as the season continues. This lack of expectations removes much of the pressure first place teams normally experience. It enables the team to band together with a “let’s prove them wrong” rally call.
Another advantage is playing a three game set against the Marlins this week before squaring off against the Washington Nationals next weekend, a team with big expectations that has struggled early this season. The Marlins provide an opportunity for the Mets to rebound and regain their confidence before the Nationals raid CitiField.
I’m still optimistic for this team. But, as always, cautiously so.