Craig Carton over at WFAN has declared this Mets team's nickname to be Scrappy-Doo, and I can't argue with him.
The Mets team that we've seen this week is a very far cry from the opening day roster, and is completely different from any Mets team I've seen in the last decade.
It's full of youth.
You've got Murphy, FMart, Nick Evans, David Wright & Omir Santos all contributing (okay, FMart isn't really contributing, but he does play a good CF). Then you've got Nieve, Parnell, and Pelfrey on the mound.
Throw in Church, who's relatively young, and you've got one of the youngest Mets teams in recent history. Outside of Wright & Santana, there are no big name stars and there are absolutely no home run hitters.
This is small ball at its best and quite frankly, it's kind of fun to watch. Now how long will this honeymoon last? Who knows. It could end tomorrow. The Mets could lose the next 5 games or more, but who would think we'd find the Mets a half game out with this squad of Scrappy-Doos?
If the Mets can remain in contention while the kids are out playing and having fun, this may be one of the most entertaining and enjoyable baseball seasons in a long time. I'm still waiting for Beltran/Delgado/Reyes to come back and heaven knows how badly I want some power back in this lineup, but in the mean time I'm going to enjoy seeing what this team of feisty youngsters can do.
You should too.