Mets 2018 season is very similar to how they started 2015
By Richard Heaton
The Mets started the 2018 season with an 11-1 record and then crashed. This is nearly identical to how the 2015 season started.
This season the New York Mets started with an 11-1 record. This included an eight game winning streak. Afterwards, the team stopped hitting and now they stand at 20-19. Lots of fans are calling this a huge crash, but this is no different than how the 2015 season began.
In 2015, they had an 11 game winning streak and at one point in April their record was 15-5. That all changed during the final week of April where they started losing game after game.
Between the end of their 15-5 run and May 18th, their record was 7-11. Their overall record was still a solid 22-16, but we all know what happened afterwards. The teams hitting was dead, with most of the team made up of replacement players.
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Throughout the rest of May and June, the Mets record shrank to the point where they were constantly a game or two over .500, if not worse.
On June 17th, 2015 they played the Blue Jays and lost by a score of 8-0. Their lineup that day included guys like Eric Campbell, Ruben Tejada, Darrell Ceciliani, John Mayberry Jr, Michael Cuddyer, and Dilson Herrera.
But we all know how the season went after that. The Mets tried to trade for Carlos Gomez and that worked out and they got Yoenis Cespedes.
If this is any indication, it’s not too late for the Mets to save themselves. It’s May 18th and they are still above .500. They have a new catcher who can hit for power. They have prospects who either ready or will make themselves heard soon.
If the team can make any good trade between now and the trade deadline, whether it’s for Manny Machado, J.T. Realmuto, or just another solid reliever, the team can easily turn things around.
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If the Mets can make just one decent trade, either for an upgrade at a position or a better pitcher, they could realistically aim for 85 wins, if not a little more.