The first half of the 2011 Mets season has been confusing. It has been up and down and while in the win-loss column, the up has outweighed the down, in reality the season could be taken either way. At this point, the Mets are playing without Johan Santana, David Wright, Ike Davis, and Jose Reyes. In their places, players like Dillon Gee, Justin Turner, Lucas Duda, and Ruben Tejada have not only played, but played well.
There were no expectations for this team coming into the season. Last year was seemingly a down year for everyone. This was just going to be the first year of a new regime. People were just going to adjust to the new flow of the organization. Then the Mets got off to a slow start and people were already talking about who was going to be gone by the trade deadline. This was April.
Now it's July and just over half the season has been played. The Mets are two games over .500 due in large part to the players that weren't even supposed to be on the team. They're also where they are because of Carlos Beltran and Jose Reyes, two players that were always meant to contribute. Beltran and Reyes are also the subject of the same talks of players that could be gone by the trade deadline.
The Mets could be very different next season but the changes have already started to take shape. Dillon Gee is already helping as well as Justin Turner and others. There is also Bobby Parnell who could find himself with a much bigger role in the bullpen if Francisco Rodriguez is traded.
It would be awesome for David Wright and Jose Reyes to be a part of the Mets future. I would love to see them as the veteran leaders of the next successful Mets team after they were the young guys in 2006. Either way, we have seen how much the Mets can get from the players around them or with them.
Let's Go Mets!