Of course the New York Mets win/loss record is ugly this spring. but there is no reason to be concerned for this season.
Why we shouldn’t be concerned:
Between Tim Tebow, minor leaguers and players getting game action for the first time in months, everyone is working at different speeds in getting themselves ready for opening day. Veterans like Adrian Gonzalez and Jason Vargas likely take longer to get their bodies ready than a young guy like Amed Rosario.
The record does not mean anything for the team’s success in 2018. The last five World Series champions have a combined record of 80-73 in their respective Spring Training and the five worst teams in baseball the last five years have a combined record of 79-73 in their respective Spring Training.
One win is the difference here between a contender and cellar dweller. A team can fully be evaluated until the season begins and a team is playing games with only 25 people on the roster and their starters throwing 100 pitches each start.
Spring Training is the only time in baseball where each player is playing for themselves and coaches, managers and fans should be evaluating each player.
Guys like Brandon Nimmo, Travis d’Arnaud and Noah Syndergaard have been playing great so far this spring and deserve their praise. Specific battles within the team and players recovering from injuries should also be looked at in depth.
d’Arnaud vs Plawecki, Nimmo vs Juan Lagares, the rest of the starting rotation behind Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom are the battles or games with in the games fans should concentrate their concerns with not wins and losses. If Steven Matz falters again, Adrian Gonzalez struggles at the plate, etc. are the big focal points of the spring.
Yes, wins are sexy but no one cares about a Spring Training record once March 29 comes. For those that still do not want to look past the wins and losses, there are still two weeks for the Mets to bring themselves out of the bottom of the Grapefruit League standings.