The New York Mets have all of a sudden gone from 0-5 while being shut down by John Smoltz to whom they struck out 15 times to 6-5, after winning their sixth in a row, 4-3, over the Marlins yesterday. The streak includes two shutouts including an improbable one-hitter by Aaron Heilman.
The Mets are now tied for second with the Braves, one game behind the surprising Nationals. So can a team that starts off the season with a sweep at the hands of the lowly Reds turn its season around and possibly win the division?
Of the 78 previous teams, who started the season 0-5, two did win their division. They are the 1974 Pirates and the 1995 Reds. Also, 22 did finish the season with a winning percentage at or above .500.
However, let's not get crazy yet. The average such team finished with a .431 winning percentage. Translated into a 162-game schedule, that's a 70-92 record, one game wore than the Mets did last year. Also, 17 of those teams finished with 100 or more losses.
So, what does this litany tell us? Basically, there's a lot of season left. Keep in mind that those teams did on average finish fifth.
Here are all the teams that started 0-5 ranked by winning percentage (since 1901):