The better than expected start has made for a fun spring. Johan's guile and Capt. Kirk's style have meant I pretty much forgot about Jose when the Marlins ain't in town.
This could be a blast of a fun club to root for if they can find a replacement for Pelf and get at least one of the big lefties slugging again.
But are we luckier than good? I don't know what's considered a meaningful sample size for run differential - but ours is ugly.
At -30 we're worst in the NL and 2nd worst in all of MLB. Even if the CO 18-9 debacle was only 14-9 we'd still be next to last in the NL. Every other NL team in the red is closer to even than we are but every one is at least 2 games under .500.
Am I being a nattering nabob of negativism to be concerned that there's more than a little smoke and mirrors jazzing up our favorite show? Sure hope so 'cause I'm really enjoying our merry band of no-names. Anyone know of a benchmark for when run differential becomes meaningful?
Here's how the Mets stack up with other NL clubs with a negative run differntial:
Mets -30 14-13
Brewers -28 12-15
Cubs -23 10-17
Pirates -21 12-15
Padres -18 9-18
Marlins -10 12-14
Phils -5 13-15