There was a time that, once shortstop Jose Reyes left the confined of the Mets clubhouse that there was only one home grown star Mets fans could hang their hopes on for a successful season… David Wright.
Now, putting aside injuries, we are watching the development of relievers like Rafael Montero, Jeurys Familia, and Bobby Parnell, who will join the home grown starters of Matt Harvey, (eventually) Zack Wheeler, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, and Steven Matz.
But it’s the other side of the table that’s starting to develop too. Lucas Duda, Travis d’Arnaud have joined last year’s development, Juan Lagares, and, with, Wright, we now have four home grown every day players in our eight man lineup.
You are watching the maturation of this talent right before your eyes during these first few games of the 2015 season.
We’ve talked so many times about how much of this game is mental. It’s also about confidence. At no point while the Mets trailed any of the last seven games were the players walking around ready to throw in the towel. They knoew they had the ability to come back and win and they did.
Thursday night can easily become the game we all look back at in October as the one game that solidified this team. The Mets simply were not going to lose it. Especially Lucas Duda.
The team’s not perfect. They still need a long term shortstop, a quality fifth starter, and two star potential outfielders, but, for the first 10 games, it’s far more than I expected.