The New York Mets are only 13 games into to the season, so I realize these observations may seem a bit premature, but there remain trends and patterns from last year rearing their heads and new ones just beginning that should be touched upon. The Mets currently hold a 7-6 record and are coming off of a deflating series against the Miami Marlins, in which they lost three out of four games by two runs or less.
Starting Pitchers are doing their job
The first trend is a positive one. The top starters for the Mets have been living up to the hype. The only pitcher truly struggling is fifth starter Robert Gsellman, who is only in the starting rotation due to Steven Matz‘s elbow injuries. Noah Syndergaard currently possesses a 0.95 ERA with 20 strikeouts in his first three starts. Jacob deGrom has a 1.89 ERA in three starts with 22 strikeouts. Matt Harvey has a 2.45 ERA and 15 strikeouts in his first three starts. Starting pitching will be incredibly important to the Mets’ success this year, and so far the three big starters for the Mets have been up to the task.
Streaky offense repeats itself
The Mets had a very streaky offense last year. Some games they would hit numerous home runs and steamroll opposing pitchers. Other games they would be almost no-hit and end up being painful to watch. That has been the case for the Mets in the first two weeks of this season as well. The Mets crushed the Phillies 14-4 last week, hitting seven home runs in the process. Recently, the Mets beat the Marlins in a 16 inning game earlier this week 9-8, hitting four home runs in the process. However, the Mets then struggled to hit the rest of the series, mustering two runs in the next game and being no-hit for the first seven and two-third innings this afternoon. This leads to almost unwatchable baseball for a good portion of Mets games and hopefully, they find a way to create a system which does not result in ultimate boom or ultimate bust.
Michael Conforto deserves to play
If you watched the Mets at all this season then you know that this headline is an understatement. Conforto is hitting .375 with two homers and six RBI in the ten games he has appeared in, including some clutch hitting in crucial spots. Conforto is not a true center fielder but Curtis Granderson is 36-years-old and is hitting .195 and no home runs with 25 more at-bats than Conforto. Michael Conforto has been one of the most consistent hitters so far for the Mets and deserves to play every day.
Injury woes continue
Steven Matz and Seth Lugo appear to be out for at least another month, which is not good news for the Metropolitans. The pitching depth for the Mets is paper thin thanks to these two injuries and the Familia suspension. Familia is slated to come back in the coming days but that does not help as much as Lugo or Matz’s return would be, considering the durability issues with the starting rotation. This news is especially troubling with Matz, who has yet to stay healthy for an entire season so far and seems to get hurt more often than not. It is unclear whether Matz or Lugo would be inserted into the starting rotation or the bullpen, but what is clear is that their return would be a massive boost to Mets’ pitching staff.
It is still early and there is a lot of season left, but the Mets need to make some changes in order to make the playoffs this year. The Mets have to find a way to not rely on the long ball so much and must play Michael Conforto as a starter. Terry Collins has to make sure to incorporate his best players and put them in positions to succeed and if that happens the Mets have a chance to win the NL East this year.
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