After their improbable win on Monday night against the St. Louis Cardinals, the New York Mets‘ record is now 13-5 after their first 18 games.
They comfortably lead the NL East division, with a 4.5-game cushion on the Miami Marlins.
They also had a great start last year, too, but this time, it feels sustainable; and they are doing it without their best pitcher, Jacob deGrom, who is nursing a stress reaction on his right scapula and recently discovered he won’t even throw for another three weeks.
Their hot start is actually the second-best in team history, as Anthony DiComo of MLB.com tweeted on Tuesday.
“Only four Mets teams in history won at least 13 of their first 18 games: -1986 (14-4) -2015 (14-4) -2018 (13-5) -2022 (13-5),” he said.
Only four Mets teams in history won at least 13 of their first 18 games:
— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) April 26, 2022
Can you guess what happened in both 1986 and 2015?
We can help you: the Mets went to the World Series in both years.
The Mets Are Looking Solid
They won the 1986 Fall Classic, but dropped the 2015 edition against the Kansas City Royals.
The Mets are sure hoping that the 13-5 record, which is just a game short off their best start in history, can also mean they will be going to the World Series this year.
They were among the preseason favorites, but received a blow when they found out deGrom wouldn’t be healthy until at least June.
They are certainly talented enough, both on offense and in the pitching department, to make a deep playoff run.
They will need their ace back healthy at some point, though.
For now, they are taking care of business without him.
Everything is clicking for them right now: can they keep up the good form and hold off some tough rivals in the NL East, like the Atlanta Braves and the Philadelphia Phillies?
Only time will tell.