Originally posted on Mets Merized Online  |  Last updated 2/23/13
The question is always posed at the start of the exhibition schedule: How important is it to win during spring training? For most teams it isn’t and history is full of examples of spring training winners who were flops during the regular season. The reverse also holds true. But, what about the Mets, who open up today against the Washington Nationals? What are we to make if Zack Wheeler outdoes Stephen Strasburg or if the Nationals light him up? Probably nothing, but over the next five weeks I believe it is important for the Mets to show something, if for no other reason but to get a good feeling about themselves. And, for us to get a good feeling about them. Let’s put it this way: I’d rather have some feeling of optimism and have it dashed later rather than be totally turned off before Opening Day. The Mets are a rebuilding team coming off a drastic second-half collapse that turned a potentially winning season into their fourth straight losing year. The Mets winning during spring training
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