The New York Mets have to be happy with the way they played in the first three games of the season. Although they struggled offensively on Thursday and lost a close game, their offense scored 19 runs over the course of their first two games against the San Diego Padres, showing signs of life and the potential to score enough runs to win games on a daily basis. Moreover, the Mets starting pitching was exceptional over the first three games, and gave them exactly what they needed and what they’re going to need to stay competitive throughout the year.
Although they are disappointed not to come away with the sweep of the Padres, winning two of their first three games, and winning the way they did, sets the right tone for the season. The Mets now have an opportunity to continue what they did over the first three games, get off to a great start in April, and show that they have staying power. Going by last year’s records, the Mets have one of the most favorable April schedules in baseball, and they need to be able to take advantage of that.
First up for the Mets are the Miami Marlins, who are a glorified AAA team and expected by most to finish below the Mets in the NL East. The Mets won’t have the front part of their rotation, but the Marlins have scored just one run in their first three games, so even the trio of Jeremy Hefner, Jon Niese and Aaron Laffey should be able to stifle Miami this weekend. The Mets have a real opportunity to sweep the Marlins this weekend and get off to a 5-1 start on the season. If the Mets can pull that off, their confidence will grow heading into a challenging 10-game road trip. So, opportunity is knocking for the Mets. If they can take care of business this weekend and sweep the Marlins, it could be the jumping off point to a great April that could help keep the Mets competitive all season.
Bryan Zarpentine is a New York Mets writer at RantSports.com. He also writes frequently about the NFL, College Football, College Basketball, and International Soccer. Follow him on twitter @BZarp and add him to your network on Google+.