What's most impressive is the team's resolve.
They lose the David Wright. Turn the page.
They lose Travis D'Arnaud. No problem.
They lose their lefty specialist out of the bullpen--Jerry Blevins. Move on.
They have a farm system that, after years of poor finishes, is stacked with high draftees that are the foundation of this year's success. Give Wally Backman, the field general at Triple-A Las Vegas, all the credit he is due for nurturing these young kids. And even give Sandy Alderson some credit for astutely trading for and signing veterans like Michael Cuddyer, Bartolo Colon and Curtis Granderson on a shoestring budget.
But above all else, what is making this edition of the Mets so special is the electricity that a Matt Harvey and, to a slightly lesser extent, a Jacob DeGrom, bring to Citi Field every time they take the mound. DeGrom is to Harvey what Jerry Koosman was to Tom Seaver or Ron Darling was to Doc Gooden. Harvey has given the Mets the most exciting pitcher in baseball--by a long shot. His absence last year due to Tommy John surgery and the long-awaited anticipation of his return simply added to his mystique. And, as advertised, he has brought a swagger back to the franchise not seen around Flushing since the mid-Eighties.
And finally, maybe this is just one of those years. The Washington Nationals were supposed to mail it in and clinch the NL East by August. It doesn't appear they are nearly as good as advertised and could suffer the fate of so many very good teams that just had down years (see '86 Cardinals).
As for the rest of the division, Miami was to be the only other threat, and they have been so putrid they may actually fire their manager before Mother's Day.
Nobody knows how long the streak will go on, but enjoy it while it lasts.