New York Mets News

Two bad games does not a season make

By Danny Abriano

The last two games the Mets have played in Colorado have been ugly. Their starting pitchers – Bartolo Colon and Zack Wheeler – got battered, and the offense slept-walked for the most part until late in each contest. However, two poor games in the high altitude of Denver do not erase the much larger sample size that was the first month of the season.

May 2, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) during the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

When you take into account that the Rockies are leading the National League in every major offensive category, the last two games – one where Zack Wheeler was partially done in by poor BABIP luck – become less glaring.

However, that’s not stopping many Mets fans from stating that the last two contests are a surefire sign of impending doom. Bad stretches happen (for an example, the Braves have lost four straight). However, in the age of Twitter, everything is magnified and the over-reactions can be a bit crazy. A sampling:

It’s logical to be upset and vent when the Mets aren’t playing well, but to get so incredibly downtrodden and predict doom after two bad games on the road against the team with the best offense in the league seems like madness.

Unless you believe that Mets starting pitchers giving up seven runs per start is about to become the norm, there’s absolutely no reason to believe that the large sample size that was April should be discounted because of two bad games in May.

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