The spirit of Halloween gets us all thinking about the sweet and scary in life. With the 2018 New York Mets, we saw plenty of each in their 162 games.
The 2018 New York Mets gave us plenty of sweet moments, but also a lot of scary. In honor of Halloween, I’m going to take a look at some of those sweet and scary moments.
Some of these events are full-size candy bars. Sadly, others are a toothbrush from the dentist down the street.
Sweet like a Nestle’s Crunch Bar: The Mets 11-1 start
March and April were the high points in the season for the Mets, who jumped out of the gate quickly with an 11-1 start under new manager Mickey Callaway.
The season began with a series win at Citi Field over the St. Louis Cardinals, followed by nine straight wins over the Philadelphia Phillies, Washington Nationals, Miami Marlins, and Milwaukee Brewers, respectively. They closed out the month of April strong with a 14-2 thumping of the Padres at Petco Park, back when Adrian Gonzalez was still a Met.
The hot start was the best in franchise history and provided a glimmer of hope for the rest of the season.
Like getting a toothbrush in my candy basket: The 5-21 June
So clearly, the jubilance of April didn’t last long. The Mets really began falling apart in May but June was where it hit rock bottom winning all of five (!) games the whole month.
Did you know that if you took away June (which you can’t) from the team’s overall record, the Mets would have had the same winning percentage over the course of the season as the Rockies who earned a Wild Card spot this year?
Anyway, a sweep by the Cubs started the month 0-4. which would eventually span eight games, kicking off June with a 0-8 record. They beat the Yankees in one of the five wins from June but finished the month losing two out of three to the perpetually bad Miami Marlins. This month killed the Mets season and was among the worst in franchise history.
They sat in last place entering July and really had a “Mets” moment on July 31, when they suffered a franchise-worst 25-4 loss to the Nationals at Nationals Park.