Tuesday, June 7, 2011
A Testing Roadtrip
The next 10 games will be a true litmus test for the Mets. Without Wright. Without Davis. With a struggling bullpen. And with a makeshift lineup of minor leaguers and replacement players, the Mets will have to survive a daunting road trip.
Brewers, Pirates & the Braves aren't exactly the Red Sox, Phillies and Indians, but it's the fact that the Mets are heading out and could come back to Flushing dead and buried. The West Coast road trip after the All Star Break last year, put an early nail in the coffin for the Mets as they only managed to win 2 games on that 10 game trip. That was July last year and an early end could come in June if the Mets repeat last year's debacle.
However a .500 or over .500 road trip could be a signal of positive things to come. Without any power and suspect pitching in the 7th, 8th & 9th, if the Mets can some how sustain their current winning percentage, there is room for hope as the season inches closer to the midway point.
I have to believe that when Wright & Davis come back there will be a renewed energy in the ball club. Beltran, Reyes & even Bay will start to see better pitches and the less Willie Harris plays has to translate into a few extra W's.
It all starts tonight. Here's to believing in meaningful games in July.