Shea Stadium; Photo: Getty

Yesterday, on a drizzly afternoon day, with several players out or banged up with injuries, the Mets defeated the Braves, 10-6 (box score). The Mets have started the season by learning to win without their star players. Mike Piazza, Jose Reyes, Cliff Floyd, and Karim Garcia (we don't really consider him a "star") were all out with injuries. Despite the weather, loyal fans turned out, finding reasons to cheer, as the Mets tried to capture some old magic.

Gothamist has nothing but hope for the Mets, who have won their road and home openers, but we know it's a long season (7 down, 155 games to go) that will have its ups and downs.