The All-Star break is generally considered the midpoint of the baseball season and is, therefore, a good time to evaluate how a team has performed during the first half.
With a 46-40 record, the New York Mets have been one of the surprise teams in baseball so far. Prior to the start of the season the Mets were almost universally picked to finish last in the National League East. I, myself, predicted that the Mets would be "lucky to win 70 games this season."
I am very happy to be able to say that I totally misjudged this team.
The Madoff losses that engulfed the franchise led to the inevitable departure of big name players Carlos Beltran, Francisco Rodriguez and Jose Reyes. It seemed that all that was left was David Wright, R.A. Dickey and Johan Santana coming off of shoulder surgery. The rest were rookies, untested minor leaguers and journeymen.
What looked like a mess has gelled into a scrappy team of underdogs that have re-energized a fanbase so used to heartache.
Here are the midterm grades for the 2012 New York Mets.