Except for very brief moments in New York Baseball history, the New York Met have always been the loveable losers. And going into this season, surrounded by the ownerships problems, losing Jose Reyes and the possibility of David Wright starting his last season as Met, this season had little hope. But something has changed with this team. Their is a personality to the club that all baseball lovers can sense. They are winning.
Now I know, it is not even June, but if I told you the New York Mets would be 2 games out of first with a 26 and 21 record on May 26th, you would of told me I was homer and out of my mind. But they are and with a couple of moves, they might not be going anywhere.
Now the NL East is actually is actually the toughest division at the moment. The Nationals, who are in first, hold only a 4 game lead over the last place Phillies. That’s right, the Nationals are in first, the Mets and Braves are in second and in both wild card spots, and the two paper favorites, Phillies and Marlins, are in last.
If the New York Mets stay as is, they might win 80-85 games. The heart they show and the solid pitching they have had, could get them to that mark. David Wright is on his way to a possible MVP season if he can continue and the Mets can continue to show they can play with the big boys.
Sure, a 85 win season would be awesome, and a great step into the future, but why stop there. The Mets need a righty bat in the outfield with some pop. Now I know fans don’t want to hear this, but Jason Bay can be that guy. Not the Bay from Pittsburgh or Boston, but one who can platoon with Kirk and Torres. One who can pop some home runs for this team and be a leader for the younger guys on the bench.
Other than just one bat, the Mets need another starting pitcher. The loss of Pelfrey has hurt this club, but in reality, they need a bonafide number two or three starter. If the Wilpons can give Alderson any money, and let him make a trade, this Mets team could have one of the top pitching staffs in their league.
And lastly, the Mets need a dominant bullpen arm. Someone who can take those 7th and 8th innings and just shut them down. I am okay with Francisco closing, and Rauch and Parnell in the pen. But need that one arm who is just unhittable. I am not sure they can find that or its available, but they need to get someone in that pen to help if they want to compete all year.
Even without those moves, the Mets will make this season an exciting one. They are taking on the personality of their never say die manager. If they could ever get Ike Davis hitting, and then get Bay back and another starter, they would be a very dangerous team to contend with.