If Opening Day represents the ultimate in florid, hope-springs-eternal optimism for fans of all 30 MLB teams, you can excuse Met fans if they in particular put aside their slight tendency towards a sense of apocalyptic doom for at least one day, and watch their team with the dignified confidence typically the province of fans of other teams.
Memories of 23% of Tuffy Rhodes’s career major league home runs and/or shivering through Tom Glavine’s Met debut aside, Opening Day has largely been a history of happy recaps for the Mets. Monday afternoon’s 6-0 victory over the Braves improved the franchise’s Opening Day record to 36–20, a winning percentage of .643.
When you further consider that the Mets lost their first eight openers, this means the Mets have ended the season’s inaugural day undefeated 36 of the last 48 years. So when someone mentions today that Madison Bumgarner is still on pace to hit 162 home runs this season, feel free to let them know that the Mets would finish approximately 104–58 in a season full of Opening Days.
Now that the near-foregone conclusion of an Opening Day triumph is past them, the 2017 Mets look to improve their (presumably) less stellar historical winning percentage in Games 2 through 162, starting tonight at Citi Field against—speaking of pitchers who are a threat to go yard—a dear old friend.