By Mike Steffanos
With due respect, I hope that the Mets have a little more pluck and resiliency than some of the fans who already seem willing to concede the season to the Braves based on 2 games. While I agree it was an extremely disappointing weekend, I'd be careful not to see a trend for the whole season when you are only a week in.
To put things in perspective, the Orioles are 4-1 and sitting atop the AL east. The Red Sox are dead last. Is anyone willing to give me odds that they will finish the season in those spots?
The White Sox and Royals currently rule the AL central while the Tigers languish at 0-6. The Cardinals are 5-1, while the Rockies are 1-5. You can read too much into too little data. Baseball is a game for fans with long attention spans.
The blasé attitude of last year's club wasn't to be found these past 2 games. At the risk of being simplistic, the other team has good players and they want to win, too. The Mets had a bad couple of days and paid for it with two losses. If they continue to play this poorly against their rivals as the season progresses, that ledge will still be there for all of us.
It's not been a banner week with Pedro going down so soon and two dreary losses in Atlanta, but I'm not ready to switch out of believe mode into fatalism at this point. As stated earlier in the game recap, I do agree this a bottom line season. The 2008 Mets will be judged on their ability to get it done. Forgive me, though, if I believe it's quite a bit premature to pass that judgment.