So far this season, the Mets look and feel like a different team on the field. Yes, they’ve made 27 errors and their Pythagorean record (15-18) suggests they have been a little lucky over the first six weeks. But this is a fun and energetic group of players who are winning baseball games, and have built momentum in the early part of the season.
In watching this team, their 27 errors seem hard to believe, because they appear to make the routine plays, they don’t throw the ball around, they turn double plays, and they have the knack for the spectacular play more frequently than not. Last year, it was a challenge to get that entire package, and they struggled defensively as a result. With that said, there have been a couple of catcher’s interference calls against Josh Thole and one game against the Rockies in which they committed five errors – that’s an anomaly for even the worst fielding teams in the game.
They also have had outstanding clutch hitting up and down the lineup – they’ve hit .291 and scored 73 with two outs and an amazing .348 with a runner at third and two outs, and that has proven to be an exciting component of this team.
It is a cliche and often overused, but this Mets team, despite it’s shortcomings, plays the game the right way, and it has translated to a winning formula.
The big question is: Will this last? Only time will tell. Memorial Day is typically used as a barometer for a team’s status and assessing needs, although unforeseen circumstances, such as injuries, can change things at any time. But with two weeks to go before that date, there is a new feel around this team, and it no longer feels fragmented – rather, it feels unified and fluid. In talking with players dating all the way back to February 15, there isn’t a single guy in that clubhouse who does not genuinely believe in winning and their ability to do so. To me, that is progress, and progress is what this franchise so badly needed this season.
It feels as though it’s been forever since I’ve been excited about the prospects of this team. It’s been a long time since I’ve been this excited on a daily basis to watch and see what happens on the field. In talking with fans at the ballpark, on Twitter, and friends and family, that seems to be commonplace right now. It’s up to the team to maintain that hope and belief among us.