Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The Mets Have Overachieved

Memorial Day is often regarded as the first real check-in date of the regular season. If a team can carry a good start through May, it's no longer a fluke. Therefore it's safe to say that the Mets have been an above average baseball team thus far. However, that's not to say they haven't overachieved a bit.

The Mets exit Memorial Day weekend a full 5 games over .500 and in joint possession of 2nd place in the NL East. They've done all of this (well at least most of this) without their starting left-fielder, starting shortstop and having lost their fourth starting pitcher. Throw in the fact that Ike Davis has been horrid and you can see that things don't really add up.

Underwhelming contributions from Jon Niese, Dillon Gee and the bullpen in general also stand to negatively impact the team's winning ways as they move forward into the summer. They will be forced to rely heavily on their returning players, when/if they make their way back from the disabled list.

The team deserves credit, without question, but for how long they can sustain such a push with the absence of some crucial pieces of the roster is something to keep an eye on. Perhaps I am just waiting for the bottom to drop out as it seemingly does every season, but I simply get the impression that while they are headed in the right direction, these early season results are premature and are not a true representation of where the team will be in three months time.

The roster remains thin with few replacements in waiting. It's logical to think its going to catch up with the Mets, in spite of the "never say die" attitude they've embraced. The ball won't always bounce in our direction, no matter how hard they try.