Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Waiting for May

April has been an abysmal month. Bad weather. Unwatchable baseball. Horrible NCAA championship game. The list could go on and on.

But here at the end of the month, the Mets are trying to let a little sunshine break through the clouds. A 4 game win streak has Mets fans excited for the moment. And so comes a 6 game road trip to Washington and Philadelphia.

It's hard to say a road trip in April can make or break a season. It won't. But what it will do is determine Mets fans attitude and interest in this team for yet another month. The Mets don't have to sweep the Nationals or the Phillies. They could go 3-3 and Mets fans would still have some good feelings about the team as the calendar turns.

What you don't want to see is a free fall as soon as the team leaves Flushing. Losing 3 or 4 straight would send this team back into depression and the fan base along with them. You wonder if this team's starting rotation is just a bunch of slow starters working out the kinks or if every positive we saw from these arms last year turned out to be a fluke. I hope it's the former, but wouldn't be shocked if it's the latter either.

The Nationals are not the doormat they used to be and obviously Philly is the cream of the National League East. Whether you want to believe it or not, this April road trip has a lot of significance.

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