Even though they lost 8-5 to Atlanta on Sunday, the Mets will take the results from the series in Atlanta. The Mets left town with a rare series victory at Turner Field and their first since 2003. In fact, they'll be happy with their April performance, where they lost just one series (to Atlanta at home) and ended up sitting six games ahead of the Braves in the NL East. Yes, it's a long season, but it's still a good start.
Gothamist knows about how well Bobby Cox's Braves teams play in the second half of the season. Also, the Mets' 16-8 record includes a fattening up on the lesser teams (Florida and Washington) in their own division. But 16-8 is still 16-8, and it's not like the Mets don't get to play the Marlins and the Nationals several more times this year. Other than Victor Zambrano's struggles and Jose Reyes's outmaking (though he did walk three times on Sunday!), Mets fans should have little to complain about right now. The Mets host Washington for two games starting Monday.