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Mets: A Pleasant Surprise

July 9, 2012

At the All Star break, the New York Mets certainly are one of baseball’s pleasant surprises. Their record is (46-40) which easily exceeds the general perception as to how they would fare in 2012. They have bounced back from tough losses and are playing a brand of energized baseball under manager Terry Collins. Surely they are not a great team, but at this point, which team in baseball is?

Pitcher R.A.Dickey, an inspiring figure, is one of baseball’s big stories to this point. His numbers: a (12-1) record and 42 and 2/3 scoreless innings at one point tell a lot. His persistence after years in the minors tells even more. His book, “Wherever I Wind Up” addresses much of what Dickey has both accomplished and overcome. When I read about Dickey months back in Sports Illustrated, I “suggested” he would pitch well. His performance thus far in 2012 has exceeded all expectations.

The highlight of the season for the Mets was of course, the no hitter pitched by Johan Santana against the World champion St. Louis Cardinals on June 1st. It was the first no hitter by a Mets pitcher in their 50 plus seasons history. The Cardinals beat the Mets in the Mets’ first  game in 1962. In game number 8,020 Santana pitches the first Mets’ no hitter vs the Cardinals. He struck out World Series MVP David Freese to end the game.

All sports is so hard to predict, witness three of the 4 major sports league champions being teams that finished nowhere near the top in the regular season. So I will not predict the Mets fate in 2012 nor speculate on their future. However, with the team playing well in beautiful Citi Field, (the site of the 2013 All Star Game), there is great anticipation. That is a good thing and not just when waiting for ketchup to dispense.

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