Mets: Is This Team for Real or Just off to a Hot Start?

Billy Dunn@!/TheBilly_DunnContributor IApril 9, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 09:  Daniel Murphy #28 of the New York Mets follows through on his walk off single against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field on April 9, 2012 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Who would have thought before the season started that the New York Mets would jump out to a 4-0 start?

Nobody, that is who.

These Mets have shown some fight in these first four games, sweeping the Atlanta Braves and now defeating the Washington Nationals tonight, 4-3.

Now the question only the most optimistic Mets fans are asking is: Is this team actually good enough to make the playoffs?

Well, it is still early in the season, but starting off by beating your divisional rivals in four straight games is no easy feat. 

The young guns of the team have been playing exceptionally so far this season. Names like Lucas Duda (two home runs on Saturday), Jon Niese (took a no-hitter into the seventh inning on Sunday) and Daniel Murphy (made a great defensive play in the top of the ninth followed by a walk-off single in the bottom half) have all been key pieces in the recent success of the team. Catcher Josh Thole has also been off to a nice start, batting .556 with a pair of doubles to start his season.

The bullpen has also been nearly spotless, headlined by newcomers Jon Rauch (1-0 0.00 ERA with two strikeouts in four Innings Pitched) and Frank Francisco (3/3 on save opportunities with a 0.00 ERA).

Have the recent trade rumors affected third baseman David Wright? It looks like it hasn't, as he has been on a tear to start the season, batting .583 with one home run and four RBI in the four games. It looks like he may be finally getting back into his groove this season, which is crucial if the Mets want to have any sort of run late in the season.

Another important part to this team is ace Johan Santana, who pitched wonderfully in his short stint on Opening Day. His health will be a major concern for the team during the season, and he is vital for the pitching rotation this season. If he can maintain his health this season, he can help the Mets stay in the heat of the competition. 

Even though this is only a small sample of what the team can play like, it is a good sign. This team plays hard under second-year manager Terry Collins. With an influx of young, homegrown talent, this team just may be able to compete in the tough NL East.

Although this team probably will not make the playoffs, they are already beginning to show that they will not go down without a fight.