The Mets have been atop the National League East since May 8, which is a reign of 78 consecutive days, their longest streak since 2007.
Ah yes, 2007. That number really jumps off the page.
Because among the glass-half-full population, it’s not about what the Mets (51-43) already have done to stay in first place for nearly four months now. Such as overcoming a staggering amount of injuries, from the heart of the lineup to the front of the rotation, to not only stay afloat, but at times maintain the biggest cushion among all division leaders.
Instead, the conversation has turned to whether or not the Mets can finish as the East champs — for the first time since 2015 — or even make the playoffs, which they haven’t done since the wild-card loss to the Giants at Citi Field the following season. That’s the troubling part whenever ’07 pops up, because we all know the Mets had the division practically clinched — until they didn’t, blowing a seven-game lead to the Phillies with 17 games to play.
But the point here isn’t to suggest the ghosts of ’07 are haunting this bunch. The ’21 Mets seem to be riding more than a Home Run Horse in creating a team-wide mojo that’s carried them through some challenging periods, to say the least. So here’s the question now: where do the Mets sit as far as nailing this thing down?