The New York Mets are probably my least favorite team, mostly because I am a Braves fan. The Mets have found life very difficult having to share a city with one of the most stories franchises in baseball history, the Yankees. Their last World Series appearance was in 2000 when they met, guess who, the Yankees, and failed to win the title.
Currently, the Mets are tops in the NL East with a 10-4 record, but their most recent series with longstanding NL East Champs Atlanta Braves, showed that they have a lot of work yet, as they lost 2 out of 3 games, at home. The Mets have been greatly improved this year with additions Carlos Delgado and Paul LoDuca. Pedro Martinez also has proven to be a solid starting pitcher as always, and newly acquired closer Billy Wagner should help him win more games this year, than he did in 2005.
The Mets will always live in the shadow of the Yankees. They are like the unwanted step child of New York baseball fans. While they have their own die hard fans that will always support them, they never get the recognition or support that the Yankees get. Its unfortunate, but to the winner go the spoils, and the Mets cannot consistently put together a winning team to win the support of their city.
The Mets last series with the Braves this weekend shows that they are a real contender to the NL East this year. They almost completed the sweep were it not for a strong hitting performance from Francouer. Pedro Martinez and Tom Glavine both pitched stellar games (and won). The Braves get to play the Mets again this weekend, this time in New York, and then they don't see each other for a while.
Mets No Hitter
Johan Santana pitches a no-hitter in the Mets' 8-0 win over the Cardinals. It's the first no-hitter in Mets history. Ref. CNN
Mets cruise to NLCS sweep of Cubs, advance to first World Series since 2000
Behind strong pitching and timely home runs, New York made short work of Chicago. The Mets will face the Royals or Blue Jays in the World Series. Ref. USAToday