Last April, Terry Collins stressed the importance of the New York Mets getting off to a quick start in order for the younger players to realize they belong.
Well, they finished the month with a record of 13-10, much to the surprise of many people. I felt that they had the makings of a team that could last the season.
That was, until they suddenly stopped hitting with two outs and couldn't hold a late-game lead.
With that being said, I expect the 2013 to be much of the same. They generally get out to quick starts and fade fast.
Fortunately for them, 15 of the 27 April games are against teams that are actually inferior to them and will be at or close to last place in their divisions.
I expect a 14-13 April record which will temporarily bring optimism to the fan base, prior to their annual collapse leaving them at around 78 wins.