Mets First 22 Games

18 Mar

By Jim Walters

Before the Mets see the Phillies for the first time in 2010, New York will play 22 games; 16 of them at home.

When the dust settles, where will the Mets be?

The Mets one road trip is a difficult one, with New York playing three in Colorado and three in St. Louis, potentially the eventual divisional winners in the West and Central.

At home, they open with three against the Marlins and three against the Nationals. After the road trip, they host a long home stand with four against the Cubs, three against the Braves and three against the Dodgers. All of these teams figure to be in the playoff mix.

New York will also be challenged to compete  without Carlos Beltran and potentially Jose Reyes.

For New York, is .500 a reasonable goal?

If they were at full strength, the home field advantage  would be an opportunity for the Mets to take advantage. But if you consider the injuries and the competition, is .500 a fair expectation?

Ideally, New York would go .500 on the road, go 4-2 on the first home stand and then 6-4 during the last home stand. New York would enter Philadelphia with 13-9 record.

This is the start ownership will be looking for from Jerry Manuel and company, but can it be expected?

There is no question that the start is critical to the Mets long-term success.

However, without the star center fielder and shortstop, plus many questions within the pitching staff,  April may just be another lost month in another lost season.

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One Response to “Mets First 22 Games”

  1. Nick March 19, 2010 at 11:23 PM #

    Jimmy, I’m really dissapointed in you. Have you forgotten how to have faith. “Another lost season”, how can you say that if the season hasnt even started yet, if the Mets dont play well in April, there is still May, June, July, August, September, you forget there are 162 games in a season. Did that Yankee parade last fall screw up your way of thinking because this is not the Jimmy Walters I know. The Jimmy Walters I know would never have doubt before the season even starts.

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