Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
I’m surprised. The Mets started 0-3, at which point I feared a difficult schedule in April could leave them 10-17 to start May. Instead, they went 6-3 on a road trip through Atlanta, Los Angeles and Arizona and find themselves above .500 for the first time since April 2013.
The team returns home for a 10-game home stand that starts Friday. They’ll face the Braves, Cardinals and Marlins.
For most teams, 10 games at home would be are source of confidence. However, for the Mets, who have struggled to play in Citi Field for the last two and a half years, it’s more of a concern.
Similarly, Sandy Alderson’s roster will enter Friday with the fifth-most runs scored in the National League, despite David Wright hitting just .258. However, Alderson’s starting pitching and bullpen are toward the back of the pack in runs allowed. In other words, 15 games in to the season, Alderson has the opposite team he probably expected. Instead of one that hits for power, pitches well and plays better at home. He has a team that scores runs with singles and doesn’t walk very much, as they struggle to pitch and play poorly at home. Yet, they’re 8-7.
I’ll take it, especially knowing that Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero and Wilmer Flores can help later this summer, while trusting Wright and Curtis Granderson will eventually find a hot streak. 8-7 is good, though, it means 13-14, or around .500, is realistic for May 1, which sets up what can certainly be a fun summer.