The New York Mets were predicted to be one of the worst teams in Major League Baseball when the 2012 season began. But, with close to a third of the season completed, the Mets are well above .500 and within screaming distance of the first-place Washington Nationals. Three reasons are key to the team’ success; David Wright, RA Dickey and the bench.
Mets third baseman David Wright is having an MVP season thus far, going into Monday’s game leading the Majors with a .484 on base percentage, and second with a .382 batting average. He also has become the team’s undisputed leader, a role he seems to relish. In the last year of his contract, Wright has remained professional and productive.
R.A. Dickey is second in the Majors with seven wins, and has won five straight decisions. The Mets have won his last seven starts He has also been successful striking out opposing hitters with his knuckleball, becoming the fourth pitcher in franchise history to strike out 10 or more in consecutive starts.
Unknown players like Mike Baxter, hitting .345 with 9 RBI, Scott Hairston, with 4 homers and 17 RBI and Kirk Nieuwenhuis, hitting .288 with 15 RBI have all come up with clutch hits to help the team win. The Mets need them to continue to step up.
The Mets will be tested over the next month, as they face eight-straight opponents who are .500 or better, including cross-town rivals the New York Yankees in six games. If the Mets are anywhere near first place after this stretch then they are for real. If not, they will fade away by August, something Mets fans have grown accustomed to in recent years.