If the 2013 Los Angeles Dodgers showed us anything, it's that you don't necessarily need a strong start to a season in order to be successful and make the playoffs. The Dodgers got off to a dismal start, finishing the first half with an even .500 record (a far cry considering they ended May with a 10-17 record).
But a 45-23 second half propelled the Dodgers to the postseason and they wound up with a very good season all told.
However, this scenario is rather unusual. It is important for clubs to get off to a good start on the new season and use that early momentum to carry them through the long summer.
For the New York Mets, there are a number of factors that will dictate whether or not the Mets will be classified as an early-season success story or not in 2014. With a week's worth of games in the books, here's a look at the Mets' keys to early success.