2: The Mets STILL have the best record in the National League
I know I just spent the entire last point talking about the division lead — but now I’m going to ask that we stop caring about that altogether.
We can’t judge a team purely on how big or small the division lead is. The San Francisco Giants only won the NL West by one game last season. Does that mean they were bad? Or does it just mean the Dodgers were also really good?
Two teams are allowed to be good. The Braves won the World Series last year! They’re a good team! The Mets aren’t going to have a cakewalk to the division title, and that’s OK!
How the Braves started the season doesn’t reflect how good the team actually is. They started off very slow, probably in large part to not having Ronald Acuña Jr. Now, Acuña is back and we’re seeing how good the Braves actually are.
I’m looking at this win streak for the Braves as almost a correction of their record, getting it back to where it should be. They are not a sub-500 team. The Mets are going to have to play well to beat them. The good thing is … they have been.
The Mets still have the best record in the National League (and by two games at that). You are not allowed to say “the season’s over” when you have the best record in your league. Relax.