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The New York Mets came into the season being the heavy favorite to finish last in the East. After the financial crisis with Mets ownership, their management couldn't afford to spend the money on big-name talent like in years past. After losing superstar shortstop Jose Reyes to their rivals in the South and with big-nam players like David Wright and Jason Bay not playing up to their potential, it was all but certain that it would be a down year in Queens.
However, the Mets have shown that they can play with the big boys. But how is this possible? Just like ESPN's Bill Simmons loves to say, they have the "nobody believes in us" factor working for them. The Mets seem to be following the model of the Cleveland Indians in the movie Major League.
They are utilizing what limited talent they have and are playing excellent fundamental baseball. David Wright came out of the gate hot. The pitching rotation along with the bullpen have allowed them to stay in close games. They have proven through one month of baseball that they're not as bad as advertised.