After starting the road trip at 3-3, the Mets received a warm welcome in their home opener this afternoon.
Folks enjoyed what they saw out of this team so far. They even accepted a moral victory for Wednesday’s Mets’ 10-7 loss to the Phillies, which the team rallied from a 7-0 deficit to tie the game at 7.
Watching this team in this trip, there was lot to like, and there was lot not to like. That’s why it’s fitting this team broke even in the six-game tour.
Under Terry Collins, the Mets seem like the team that will go after it. They are not going to back away, and they are not going to let the other team have their way with them. If they lose, they will make it a game until it’s over. It showed in Wednesday’s game at Philadelphia.
It may not be a big deal for some, but for a team that wants to establish a winning culture under the new administration; this is what they have to do. It will be interesting if they play like this in August and September, especially if they have a third straight losing season. It’s easy to go all out in nine innings early in the season.
The Mets’ road trip could have been ugly if they lost Saturday’s game against the Marlins. Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez blew a save, which he had a 3-2 lead in the ninth inning. They could have been frustrated after the game was tied, but they found a way to win in extra innings. That turned out to be the turning point of this trip, which they parlayed this to a three-game winning streak before losing the final two games of this trip. They could have been 1-5 heading to today’s game after that blown save.
Jose Reyes, Carlos Beltran and David Wright played well so far. The team desperately needs to get something out of their three superstars if they want to make this season worthy to watch. Those three haven’t done much to earn their money in the last few years, so it would be nice to see them lead the way. When was the last time Reyes was an impact player on the bases? When was the last time Wright or Beltran had some big hits for the Mets? Think about it.
The best part of all this was no one was hurt. That’s not an easy task when one looks at the team’s history with injuries. In a way, it’s a miracle.
There were positives, but let’s not overlook negatives on this club either. There’s a reason no one picked the Mets to contend for a playoff spot. The starting pitching stinks.
The Mets desperately need Pelfrey to figure it out, but he is a lost cause. This underachieving starter continues to get hit around, and he appears as if he does not know what he is doing. What stands out is that he doesn’t know what has gone wrong. That is not encouraging.
With the way things are looking for him, he could be out of the rotation in April. It’s hard to believe he will stick around if he continues to struggle. Niese was terrible yesterday. The Phillies hit him around, and the Mets could not muster another comeback for the second straight game. It remains to be seen if he is capable of pitching in the majors.
As great as Young was Tuesday, there are no guarantees he is going to be healthy. His history indicates he is going to get hurt at some point this year. Sandy Alderson knows that, especially after watching this starter when he ran the Padres for a short time.
The bullpen is a work in progress. It remains to be seen if Tim Byrdak, Blaine Boyer, D.J. Carrasco, Taylor Buchholz and Bobby Parnell can be reliable. Like most Mets closers in the history, Rodriguez continues to be unreliable in the ninth inning.
Honestly, this start doesn’t change the fact the Mets will still having a losing season. Starting off well is one thing, but in a long season, their deficiencies will be exposed.
That will not ruin the fans’ enthusiasm in the home opener, and it shouldn’t. They should enjoy each moment and each little thing so far. It sure beats thinking when everything will go bad.
So far, the Mets gave them a reason to watch. They are entertaining in a good and bad way.
That was enough for them to be spared of boos before the game started today. They faced the wrath after failing to tie the game several times against the Nationals this afternoon in a 6-2 loss this afternoon.