Now that we’re a solid 30 games into the baseball season, its time to check the always reliable New York Mets 2012 Hope-O-Meter. With the gritty, gutsy, young Mets sitting at a spicy 18-13, the Hope-O-Meter is has jumped from 7.25 to 8.5. Let’s investigate the reasons why…

Kirk Nieuwenhuis: What can you say about Captain Kirk, other than that he’s been an absolute stud since being thrown into the line-up after the first game of the year. Stellar in the field and timely with the bat, Kirk has embodied the feisty, clutch attitude that these new-look Mets are playing with. Top of the order, bottom of the order, left field or right, Nieuwenhuis has been a steady force (.304 BA) and a spark plug for the team.

David Wright: One of the few established stars on this team, Wright is leading by example and murdering the baseball. Wright set the tone of the season early when he rushed himself back into the line-up after breaking his pinky in the first week of the season. With Davis and Duda providing very little protection for him early, David is still hitting .376 with 18 runs batted in. Rarely do the Mets stitch an official “C” to a player’s jersey, but if it were up to me I’d be warming up the sewing machine.

Moxie: This Mets team has 11 come from behind wins in 31 games this season. I’d be surprised if the Mets had 11 comeback wins all of last year. It’s a whole new outlook. The Mets have gutted out victories in games started by the likes of Cliff Lee, Roy Halladay, and Tommy Hanson. Earlier this week they swept the Phillies in Phillyland for the first time since 2006. Slowly but surely the players and memories of the 2007 collapse are drifting away, and this new New York Mets team is clearly a more resilient, patient and confident club.

I know it’s still early in the season, and I’m not claiming that they should be fitted for their rings, but 1 game out of first place after 31 games is far better than anyone could have imagined. I am beginning to believe that this team can win any game they play, and more importantly, I am sure that the team believes that.