20 games into the MLB season, the New York Mets have a record of 10-10, putting them on pace for what should be the first goal of the season: finishing the month of April above .500. No one is expecting the Mets to run away with the NL East, but if they’re going to remain relevant throughout the season, it’s imperative that they have a winning record at the end of April regardless of the obstacles the team has faced thus far.
Not only is it crucial that the Mets have a winning record to stay close within the division, but being above .500 at the end of April would be a worthwhile accomplishment, considering the schedule the Mets have played in April. By month’s end, the Mets will have played 13 of their 27 games, nearly half of their schedule, against the Washington Nationals, Atlanta Braves, or St. Louis Cardinals, three teams who are expected to be among the best in the NL this season.
The Mets have also had to deal with a rash of injuries early in the season, losing closer Bobby Parnell after one game, being without outfielder Chris Young for the first two weeks of the season, and then losing center fielder Juan Lagares after he was arguably the team’s best player over the first half of April.
The Mets have also had to endure disappointing performances from marquee offseason signing Curtis Granderson, and rookie Travis d’Arnaud, one of their top prospects. Between injuries and sluggish starts from key players, the Mets have struggled to get going offensively, becoming too reliant on their pitching to win games.
Despite all of that, the Mets have a .500 record 20 games into the season, and have a realistic chance to have a winning record at the end of April. If they can do that, the schedule they play in May will ease up and their offense will have a chance to get going, allowing the Mets to stay in contention for the long run.
That’s why getting to the end of April with a winning record would be a meaningful accomplishment for the Mets, and something they need to do regardless of the obstacles in their way.