The New York Mets, in their 50th season, were predicted by many baseball pundits across the nation to resemble the squad from 1962 that lost 120 games. This team would certainly not lose that many, but 100 losses wasn’t out of the question.
But the Amazin’ Mets of 2012 have started the season 4-0, with first-year closer Frank Francisco notching saves in the first three games. After a poor Spring Training, he was expected to struggle, but instead has thrived. He has struck out four in three innings, allowing only two hits, while not giving up a run.
Third-baseman David Wright has started the season sizzling at the plate, going 7-12 for a .583 batting average with a home run and four RBI. Catcher Josh Thole has started out 5-9 for a .556 average while commanding the pitching staff to successful starts in each game. Lucas Duda seems poised to have a good season from a power standpoint, as he has launched two homers in the first four games.
In an ode to the 1962 season, the New York Mets are offering tickets for the price of $2.50 for Wednesday’s 1:10pm game. With New York Public Schools out this week, hopefully lots of young Mets fans will get to see the sensational match up between Mets ace Johan Santana and Washington Nationals phenom Stephen Strasburg.