New York Mets: Is There Reason for Optimism in 2011?

Nick CarloAnalyst IIJanuary 13, 2011

NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 23: Television lights surround New York Mets new manager Terry Collins as he speaks to the media during a press conference  at Citi Field on November 23, 2010 in the Flushing neighborhood, of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
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Not much is expected from the 2011 New York Mets. 

Actually, there aren't many reasons to believe in this team. 

From a fan's perspective the Mets has constantly let us down, so why will 2011 be any different?

That is the ultimate question. 

Before every new baseball season I've wrote articles stating my case on the New York Mets.  Ever since 2007, I confidently stated that the Mets would make the playoffs.

In each of those four seasons the Mets didn't play in the postseason.  So that means that I'm 0 for 4 in predicting the New York Mets' last four seasons.

And yet here I am, stating my cause once more.  I'm gonna say it once more, I believe that the New York Mets can make the playoffs in 2011. 

Call me an optimistic homer, but this is my honest opinion.

My honest opinion hasn't meant much in the past four years, but it's a different year and anything can happen. 

The Mets are a perfect example of why predictions don't mean much.  Many predicted the Mets to go all the way in 2007 and 2008. 

That didn't happen. 

No matter how good or bad a team looks on paper the games must be played.

The games are played for a reason.  All 162 games impact the season, and in those 162 games anything can happen. 

The Tampa Bay Rays can make it all the way to the World Series after being the worst team in the league. 

The San Francisco Giants can surprise the world and win a World Series.

I can go on and on, but I think you're getting the point.  Not many people predicted those teams to do what they did, perhaps a few optimistic homers predicted their respectable teams to do what they did.

Spring Training is approaching and it is the perfect time for fans to believe in their favorite teams. 

When Spring Training comes every team starts off in first place. 

The new season resembles a blank slate.  Anything can happen, and that surprise team can be the Mets or any other team who is not expected to do much. 

So is their reason for optimism for the Mets in 2011?

The simple answer is yes.  Believing in your team has never hurt, a new season is approaching and it's the perfect time to believe in your team.