But the key here is today's game. And Sunday's for that matter.
The Mets have made a habit of getting into extended funks, either on the winning side or the losing side. That can't happen for this team to stay in contention. The Mets need to find a way to bounce back, and quickly, to show this team isn't just riding the latest high.
If the Mets can bounce back after a grueling game yesterday with a replacement pitcher like Nieve, it will show me that at least for the short term this team can contend. If the Mets lose Saturday, they have the potential to get swept in Milwaukee and then force all the good will of this past week to be forgotten.
I don't expect the Mets to throw shutouts in the near future or even have a miraculous pitching run like they did this past week. But I do expect this team to show the ability to win a series on the road, fight back after a tough loss and string together some series wins as we head into June.
That's what contending teams do. Let's see if this crew can contend.