If there’s one thing New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson covets on the baseball field, it’s power. Alderson definitely digs the long ball, which is why he moved the fences in at Citi Field a couple years ago and it’s why he must be pleasantly surprised with the way the Mets have performed early in the season.
Up until the second game of their double header against the Colorado Rockies, the Mets had at least one homerun in every game to start the regular season. That’s 12 consecutive games, a new franchise record for homeruns in consecutive games at the start of a season. It’s a stat that’s equally surprising, if not more surprising, than the Mets record to start the season. Alderson has certainly tried to create a roster in New York that has a lot of power, but heading into the season he probably wasn’t content with the amount of power on the team, and he probably didn’t foresee a power surge like this to start the season.
Perhaps that most surprising part of the Mets homerun streak was that it came from unusual sources. The Mets were expecting to get a lot of power this season from David Wright and Ike Davis, but Davis has just one homerun on the season, while Wright didn’t go yard until Tuesday in the first game of the doubleheader against the Rockies. Instead of the expected power sources, the Mets have gotten six homeruns from catcher John Buck and two each from Collin Cowgill and Daniel Murphy, three players that the Mets were not relying on to provide much homerun power for them this year.
The amount of homeruns the Mets have hit in the early part of the season has been quite a pleasant surprise, and it has been a big contributor to their good start. However, the consecutive homer streak has ended at 12 games, and if the Mets expect to keep winning games they’re going to have to keep hitting the ball out of the park. If the power the Mets have showcased over the past two weeks turns out to be an aberration, it will not bode well for them the rest of the season with regard to wins and losses.