Even though spring training hasn’t even started yet, no one seems to be giving the Mets a chance.
And who could blame them?
The Mets lost Jose Reyes for a couple draft picks. They added some nice bullpen pieces, but couldn’t make any other major additions given their unstable financial situation.
So will they take on an us-against-the-world type of mentality this season?
“It has worked for teams in the past. I don’t think we’re gonna get a real pulse of what it’s going to be like until spring training or even the first game of the season: that’s when you figure out the identity of your team,” R.A. Dickey said Tuesday night.
“You can’t just go in and say we’re gonna be this team. It’s a real organic process. Hopefully it won’t be dysfunctional and we’ll kind of [jel] together and do it. But we’re in a tough division, and we have to be honest about it. We’ve got to play well, we’ve got to play hard, but we’ve got to be honest about where we are, and that’s the only way I see us getting better, is doing that.”
The Phillies are still the Phillies, the Braves are still the Braves, while the Marlins and Nationals improved significantly.
As for the Mets?
“I think we’ve gotten better,” Daniel Murphy said. “I don’t know what the perception is up here, but the moves I see we’re making, I’m excited. We’ve got a bullpen that’s got some new arms in it. Ruben Tejada has come along quite a bit offensive, and I think we know what he can do offensively. Don’t forget, Ike Davis was on pace to be an All-Star. David Wright is a year removed from that back injury, and we still have a former All-Star in left field [Jason Bay]. For me, I see nothing but upside, but maybe I am ever the optimist.”
Johan Santana is also expected back.
Therefore, “Ya gotta believe,” right?