It is early. This is the familiar refrain. A baseball season is a marathon, and judgment in April is an errand reserved for fools. Logic, however, offers only so much cover. It does little to make lackluster play more palatable.
Just ask the Mets, who after 3-1 loss on Saturday, must beat Max Scherzer on Sunday night to avoid a three-game sweep to the rival Nationals.
"It is April, but it's not going to be April soon," said the Mets' Jay Bruce, the rightfielder pressed into service at first base because of injuries. "We need to start playing well and we will. There's no panic. It's definitely not lack of effort, lack of preparation."
The NL East has...