Later today, the 2016 Major League Baseball season begins. There are four matches scheduled for today, one of which is a rematch between last year’s World Series finalists: the New York Mets and the Kansas City Royals. The Royals came out on top in that encounter, and although the Mets did better than expected by getting there, the loss must have hurt. Early season form is notoriously unreliable, but the Mets will sure want some revenge to get them a good start to the season. Plus, they only managed to snap a fourteen game losing streak with their very last pre-season 8-1 win over the Cubs. So, you could not exactly say they were in a championship dominating state of mind.
So far as the long term prospects for the season are concerned, I’ll be very surprised if the Mets repeat last year’s success, although many pundits say they are better now. The pitching quality and depth is excellent. But it has to perform. Fielding and batting could be better. Maybe we will get some pleasant surprises from those areas? Regardless, it’s going to be an interesting season, and true Mets fans will support the team no matter what.
It’s worth noting that many are expecting the Royals to be back in the World Series again this year. How will they handle the burden of expectation? (Somehow, the Mets and ‘burden of expectation’ do not belong in the same sentence.)
Let’s go Mets!