Mets Blogger Roundtable: Pleasant Surprises of The 2018 Mets Season
After the Mets lost a brutal game to the Washington Nationals with an epic eighth inning meltdown, you’d be hard pressed to think of anything good about the 2018 Mets even with the team having a 12-3 record. Of course, last night, the Mets had their own eighth inning rally to remind everyone just how good this Mets team can be.
With there being so many different surprises this season, our Mets bloggers answered the question about what they believe to be the most pleasant surprise of the 2018 season:
I would have to say it’s all of the winning. Now don’t get me wrong – I didn’t expect a 1-161 season (the Mets always win Opening Day), but boy, all of the winning at the jump? It was an embarrassment of riches. I would *never* ask for 11 wins after 12 games. Yet the other shoe kept refusing to drop. My shoes just stayed on my beach blanket as I danced in the sands of glory. I have pneumonia now of course thanks to this weather, but boy was it fun. They say you never know when you’re living in a golden age, and I wanted to prove this ‘they’ wrong. Back to reality though. *Nyquil chug* Sorry, what was I saying? Oh right, the winning. Yes, the surprise was all of the winning.
I was going to say the bullpen… but maybe not.
Besides the bullpen, I’d say the DL. I do not want to say this too loudly and jinx things, but Mickey Callaway‘s handling of his players (especially pitching) has been great. Both catchers being out hurts, but it’s not too bad this early in the season. Unpleasant surprise: Jose Reyes not getting a hit. Did not see this coming.
Adrian Gonzalez. Everything else is a distant second.
The most pleasant surprise of the early season was that the ugly 8-6 loss to the Nationals fifteen games in was considered a total shock as opposed to business as usual. Wouldn’t have seen the status quo reshaping itself so definitively prior to Opening Day.
The Todd Frazier effect on everything Mets. He’s brought a winning attitude to the team. He’s become the upbeat clubhouse guy, and he’s started this fun friendship with Yoenis Cespedes. He also helped start that goofy grinder thing that has someone become not just a team bonding thing, but a thing Mets fans have come to actually like.
Speaking of Mets fans, Frazier is one of the good ones, like Wilmer Flores, who takes time to interact with the fans. He’s already making himself a fan favorite, and he seems like one of those players we will irrationally love for the next 40 years.
While the Mets have been a surprise this season, the excellent work from the participating bloggers isn’t. As always, I encourage you to visit their sites to get their unique, thoughtful, and interesting takes on the Mets.