Mets hot April reminiscent of 1986 team

It's the 30th anniversary of the 1986 Mets and this year's version came close to reaching that team's notorious fast start.

The New York Mets have started the 2016 campaign with a bang, closing out the month with 15 wins and an eight-game winning streak. The tough part now, will be sustaining their play for the rest of the season. The team went 15-7 in April, their third straight April with 15 wins and the second-best record in the opening month in franchise history behind the 1986 squad which went 13-3.

The Mets are playing inspired ball and look much like the team they were in the second half of last season, after getting off to a sluggish start this season. To continue this hot streak for the rest of the season, however, will be difficult. The Mets have done a lot of things right recently to get them where they are. Obviously, playing consecutive games against the Phillies, Braves and Reds helps, but they still need to execute and do what it takes to win ballgames.

The starting pitching has been lights out as of late and the bats have come to life seemingly every night. In their last 15 games, the Mets have gone deep 31 times and have outscored their opponents 51-27 which is always a good sign.

As the season progresses, the Mets will face much better teams that will test them a lot more than they have already been tested. Although they should make the playoffs and compete for their second consecutive National League East crown, it is unrealistic to believe they will keep up this torrid start. Every team goes through a slump and the Mets will too at some point this season, but for now, it's refreshing to see them succeed after years of seeing them fail.

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