Hello all, it has been about a month since I have written at all, let alone the New York Mets. While I’m sure that you have all missed my amazing writing and knowledge of the baseball team that is The New York Mets; I feel like you probably missed the state that the Mets were in the last time I wrote about them.
Well, maybe not so much. The last time I wrote about the Mets it was fresh off their trade with the Cincinnati Reds exchanging Matt Harvey for Devin Mesoraco. At that time the Mets were struggling, but things were not terrible. The Mets were 17-13 and did not yet suffer an injury to one of their more important players, no d’Arnaud and Plawecki aren’t important. The trade for Mesoraco ended up being exactly what the Mets pitching staff needed, but since that day things have not been pretty for the Mets.
Since that trade things have been bad, so bad in fact that the 11-1 start that they had has been completely erased because they have gone 10-20 since my last article and have seen Yoenis Cespedes, Todd Frazier, and AJ Ramos go on the disabled list for long stretches.
While those injuries have occurred the Mets’ offense has been abysmal with Jay Bruce and Jose Reyes unable to shake their season-long slumps, Michael Conforto slowly coming out of his, but unable to drive in any runners, and Adrian Gonzalez unable to find his All-Star form. The only two Mets players that have consistently contributed offensively this season, Asdrubal Cabrera and Brandon Nimmo, have fallen into their first slumps of the season.
The bad news doesn’t stop there either, Mickey Callaway has seemingly been pushing all of the wrong buttons with his bullpen even when the team has been able to put runs on the board and the only two relievers that have not struggled mightily at any point this season are Robert Gsellman and Seth Lugo. After a great April Paul Sewald has been getting knocked around consistently, Jerry Blevins has been terrible this season, AJ Ramos is arguably more effective on the DL than he was on the team, and Familia has been good but has blown too many saves early on this season. Oh, and by the way, Familia was placed on the DL today.
While basically everything has gone wrong for this team in the past 30 days there is one area that they have been great at, starting pitching. This has not gotten much coverage simply because even with how great the Mets starters have been they have either not scored enough, or the bullpen has not been able to hold the lead.
When the Mets brought in Mickey Callaway and Dave Eiland it was believed that they could get Matt Harvey to become an average, to above average starter and help get Matz and Wheeler to the next level.
Well, they failed with Harvey but it seems as if they have helped Steven Matz and Zack Wheeler make adjustments to become the dominant pitchers that their stuff will allow them to be. DeGrom and Syndergaard have been great while deGrom has gotten his stuff to the Cy Young level and Jason Vargas has slowly been getting back to competitive form.
The Mets starters have pitched to a 2.54 ERA in the past 20 starts, numbers so good that the Mets should have been in a position to win all 20 games if their offense was even just average.
The Mets are at a low point in their season where a turnaround is vital to their chances at a playoff spot. And of course, the most important series to this point in the year comes against the cross-town rival, New York Yankees. The Mets desperately need a series win here before they go on their 10 game road trip where they will visit Atlanta, Arizona, and Colorado.
All three teams are playoff contenders that will not allow the Mets to get back on track unless they earn their wins.
To get on track before that road trip taking 2 of 3 from the juggernaut Yankees will be a necessity, especially with Yoenis Cespedes expected to return for their two-game series in Atlanta that starts on Tuesday.
To win this series the Mets will have to find some of their early season form with strong starts, just enough offense, and good relief. The team has only played 2 games in the past 4 days so they should have fresh bodies even with Familia on the DL. DeGrom is on the mound tonight as he will try to output the Yankees second-best starter, Masahiro Tanaka, and the Mets offense will try to outhit one of the most feared lineups in baseball.
The Subway Series will be important as I said before, but to end this off I would just like to say, David Wright is increasing baseball activity, if he can play baseball again there is no reason as to why the Mets can’t take a series from the Yankees.