After yesterday’s 11-inning, 6-5 win over the Rockies at Coors Field, the Mets are sitting just one game behind the Nationals and Braves for first
place in the NL East.
To be honest, this team has surprised me.
Coming into this year, I knew the Mets were a team on the rise. Armed with youth and potential, this was supposed to be a development year. The team had talent, but rough, unrefined talent. That, combined with the fact that many of the top prospects in the Met system aren’t ready yet, and you have a 75-win team. That seems to have changed, now.
No, I’m not saying the Mets are a guaranteed contender, but don’t quite count them out.
This team has proven they won’t go down without a fight. Take last night, for example. Todd Helton hit s grand slam late in the game, making a 4-0 Mets lead a 4-4 nail-biter. However, they forced extra innings. Then, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, a big surprise this year, hit an RBI double. They had to fight back once again in the eleventh after a Carlos Gonzalez solo shot to tie it in the bottom of the eleventh. Ike Davis came through in the top of the eleventh, and the Mets ended up winning 6-5.
Last night’s win was a prime example of what this team could end up becoming: a team with determination. Determination is just what the new influx of youth has brought. That have something to prove as a whole. Last year’s team was just a mix of youth, but also aging veterans that I think weighed the team down. For the most part, this team is free of that dead weight and have developed a great chemistry between them, something an up-and-coming team needs.
Overall, I’m really excited about the future of the New York Mets. It’s only April. They are only 13-9, but this team has something about it that makes me smile.