Friday, May 20, 2011

Mets Enter Subway Series With Plenty To Play For!

Photo Courtesy Of Michael Baron
Although you'd never know it if you only read the New York newspapers, the Mets have put together a nice little run over the past month. While they chose to bombard the fan base with stories about moving Jose Reyes to second base, the chances of Jason Bay going to the second spot in the order and the ever present threat of a fire sale, the Mets are winning games. In fact, since April 21st the Mets have gone 15-9.

After one of the worst starts in franchise history, they certainly have plenty of work remaining, but the Mets are chipping away. With a win tonight in the Bronx the Mets would finally reach .500, a number they've flirted with several times in recent weeks. Although the reality is that the Mets rest in fourth place in the division, circumstances could undoubtedly be worse.

As we enter the latter third of May, the team finds itself just 5.0 games back of the powerhouse Phils and only 3.5 games behind the wild card leading Marlins. While conditions aren't ideal, their results certainly warrant that the front office reevaluates its plans of any impending player movements, particularly with the eventual return of several impact players.

The Mets recent run has come on the heals of injuries to the likes of Angel Pagan, Ike Davis and David Wright. Although two of the three have struggled, their career numbers make it reasonable to believe that brighter skies are on the horizon. Additionally, Jason Bays woeful start at the plate is bound to balance out as the season progresses.

So, while nothing in certain, the Mets season may have been saved on the play of its often criticized farmhands, who have preformed admirably when called upon. In what will most likely be this core group's finally opportunity to get it right, barring a stumble over the next week, the Mets will enter June right in the thick of things.. a situation few envisioned two weeks into the season.

As the team gets healthy and its starting pitching seems to be finding its stride, the New York Mets may just have a chance to put a season together. In the meantime, they will not need to wait long to have their mettle tested. The next ten days feature six games against the likes of the New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies. Opportunity once again knocks for the 2011 Mets, will they be ready to answer the call?

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