New York Mets Expectations
New York Mets expectations could not be higher. This is a team that went out and invested in their success through big time signings in the off-season.
Those signings and the general fever-pitch optimism was finally able to be put into action. The New York Mets played their first seven games of the season, going 5-2 during their road trip in Washington D.C. and Philadelphia to begin the season.
While the Mets took three out four during their opening series in our nation’s capital, it was the three game stretch in Philadelphia against much more of a contender in the Phillies that really has this team and its fans feeling good. The Mets could have easily gone 7-0 over that stretch, and right now it’s incumbent on this team to keep riding with this momentum.
New York Mets Series vs. Phillies
Despite blowing a late four run lead in the series opener against the Phillies, the Mets showed their resilience as a ball club by bouncing back to win the next two. The Mets in effect won the series and will enter their home opener on Friday in command of first place in the National League East.
In game 2, the Mets rode an excellent start by Tylor Megill to victory. Megill has now turned in 10.1 scoreless innings to start the 2022 season and has a 2-0 record to show for it. A home run by outfielder Brandon Nimmo and an RBI base hit by Francisco Lindor on top of Megill’s impressive pitching, powered the Mets to a 2-0 victory.
In the rubber game it was the Mets’ offense that showed up big time. Despite it seemingly being a pitcher’s duel between Max Scherzer for the Mets and Aaron Nola for the Phillies, the two teams combined for 15 runs.
The Mets got another home run from Nimmo to give them a 1-0 lead, which they never handed back to Philadelphia. It was first baseman Pete Alonso who was the engine for New York in this win. Alonso went 3 for 5 with 5 RBI and 2 runs scored; including a three run homer.
The Mets defeated the Phillies 9-6 to claim the series and the win went to Scherzer who was solid through 5 innings to begin his Mets career 2-0 in addition to Megill.
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The Mets showed a very impressive toughness in their last couple games in Philadelphia and will now begin a seven game homestand against the Arizona Diamondbacks and San Francisco Giants.
The Mets will play their home opener on Friday afternoon with Chris Bassitt on the mound against Arizona. Mets fans should have every reason to believe that the team’s first homestand of the season is going to start off with a sweep.
It’s a different attitude in Queens this season. This is a Metropolitans ballclub that knows how good they are and steps onto the field with a swagger the team hasn’t had since the latter half of the 2015 season.
Everyone who follows this team knows that it’s World Series or bust for the foreseeable future. The Mets entered into 2021 with a lot of hype and held first place for a while, but were ultimately a massive disappointment as they finished in third place.
In 2022, however, there is nothing stopping this ballclub from living up to the hype. They’ve had the lead in all seven games that they’ve played so far and are now going to get the chance to add to the win column against a lowly D-Backs ballclub.
As with any major league team that looks to compete, the key for the Mets in 2022 is going to be the ability to beat up on the rest of the division; something that held them back last year.
The sky’s the limit for the New York Mets here in 2022, and that starts with using the month of April as a standings springboard in the NL East.
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