Our good friend and frequent contributor Dave from NYsportSpace came up with five good reasons why Mets fans should be confident at the All star break.
5) Angel in the Right field
He has had a incredible season thus far. With a .315 average and a .373 on base percentage, Angel has taken advantage of the opportunity for full playing time while having a tremendous impact. When I interviewed him last season, it was apparent that he had a passion for the game that instilled confidence in not only his game but the others around him. The fact that he will continue to play even though Beltran is coming back is a testament to his hard work and commitment to winning.
4) 3.76 Team ERA
The most ostensible weakness of the Mets roster before the season began was its starting pitching. The primary reason why they have exceeded albeit low expectations was because of the injuries to Maine and Perez and emergence of Niese and Dickey. Although Johan had his 2nd quarter swoon, he ends the 1st half seemingly ready to have one his patented monster 2nd halves. BIG PELF’s success is key to the Mets future success. I hope that he was only fatigued in his last 5 starts accumulating a bloated 6.96 ERA and 2.13 WHIP. I am confident the break will provide him with the rest needed to come out fresh and ready.
3) Ahead of the Phillies
If I would have told you in April that the Mets would be in front of the Phillies in the standings at the All Star Break, would you have believed me or would you have kicked me in the junk? The only way you would have agreed is if you are 11 years old and/or erupting with gratuitous optimism. Yes, Larry and the Braves are in 1st place leading the pack but nevertheless, the Mets are right in the hunt and should have the mental fortitude to continue pushing all the way through September.
By the way, his number one reason is by far the best one and I’m excited about what the Mets will do in the second half.