Here's where things get interesting. The Mets were cruising, on top of the world, then got checked in Yankee Stadium. They dropped two of three, played a sloppy final game in front of a national audience, and wake up Monday having their early-season success being questioned throughout all corners of baseball.
"I hope they understand it’s not a two-week season," Terry Collins said Sunday (April 26). "It’s going to be interesting to see how they handle it when they get fatigued."
For instance, following a tough series against the Yankees, they packed up and boarded a plane after the game and didn't get to their hotel in Miami until 6 am ET.
"It’s a big series, a divisional series," Collins said about playing the Marlins, who have won five games in a row. "So, we’ll see how they get themselves ready."
The fact is, despite losing two of three to the Yankees and leaving with a bit of egg of their face, the Mets are still nine games over .500, four games in first place, winners of eight of their last 10 and with a 60 percent chance of making the playoffs (April 26).
I see flaws, but they are the same flaws I saw last week, Opening Day and in Spring Training, all of which they managed to isolate up until Sunday. They had a bad day. It happens. They'll have another, maybe as soon as tonight. The important thing will be how quickly they refocus, get back to doing what got them to 14-4 and begin believing in themselves again...