Last night, the New York Mets defeated the Washington Nationals by a score of 4-3 on a walk off single by Daniel Murphy, scoring Mike Baxter. The win improved the New York Mets record to 4-0. The last time the New York Mets started off the season with a record of 4-0 was 2007. They were expected to make the playoffs that season, but a late season collapse knocked them out.
I have said in the past that the New York Mets are a better team than people give them credit for. They have a lot of talent on their team, and Terry Collins will know how to use that talent. Lucas Duda has two home runs already. David Wright has one home run, four runs batted in, and is hitting .583. Daniel Murphy is hitting .383 with 3 runs batted in, and a walk off hit. Ruben Tejada is hitting .357 with 2 runs batted in.
On the pitching side, Frank Francisco has three saves in three opportunities, all during the sweep of the Atlanta Braves. He is the first member of the history of the New York Mets to earn three saves in his first three games with the team. Johan Santana, in his first regular season start since 2010, went five innings allowing two hits, walking two and struck out five, earning him a no decision. R.A. Dickey put in six innings, allowing two runs and walked four striking out three. Jon Niese went six no-hit innings on Sunday. In three appearances, Jon Rauch has pitched three innings, allowing no hits, no runs, one walk, and has struck out two.
The New York Mets have started off really strong this season. Tonight they will be trying to go 5-0 to start a season for the first time since they did it in 1985. Another thing about the year 1985 is that it is the last time the New York Mets started off 3-0 and the New York Yankees started off 0-3. If they achieve the 5-0 record to start the season, they will be tying a franchise record. Looking at the roster, one would think the Mets don’t have a lot of talent, but they do. They have started off great, but how will they finish?