FAST OUT OF THE GATE? I SEE A PLUS FOR THE METS IN 2015
by Tom Brennan
Any team hopes for a fast start out of the gate. It is no fun starting the season poorly, as trying to make up ground can be disheartening. Yogi may have said “it ain’t over ‘til it’s over” but when the Mets went 0-9 starting out in 1962, the mortician was summoned. Season over, RIP, when does football season start?
A fast start, though, has a team out amongst the leaders and can give the team a feeling of believing in itself that can be both sustainable and self-fulfilling.
So does it look like the Mets’ 2015 early schedule help or hinder them? A lot of it comes down to the quality of the competition. A good team (and I believe the Mets will be one) can get on a roll quickly against weaker opponents.
Well, the Mets do open against the highly regarded Nats in Washington for 3 games. Let’s say they win one of those 3. Whew! Now that the hard part is past, 3 with the downgraded Braves followed by 3 at home vs. the gutted Phillies, and I could see the Mets being 6-3 after 9 games.
Then 4 at home vs. Miami and 3 vs. the Braves. How about 10-5 after the first 15. Then 3 mighty early interleague games against the Yankees, who appear to be 10-20 games weaker than those Yank teams of the Mariano Rivera/Derek Jeter era. I’ll slot us at 12-6.
Then 3 with Miami, 4 with the Nats, 2 with weakened Baltimore, and 3 more with the Phillies. Let’s call those 12 games a split, bringing us to 18-12.
18-12. Hmmm. I like that. 18-12 would bring a ton of fan excitement, and a real boost in attendance. I asked Austin Powers his thoughts. He said, “Mets fans can get loud, baby, very loud”, so it’s settled.
I can see this early season strong start becoming the foundation of both the fans’ and players’ expectations. With continued success thereafter. An early season roll will be the forerunner for meaningful Fall baseball at Citifield. That’s how I see it unfolding, anyway.
How do you see it?