Through Ten Games, Mets Looking Like New York, and NL East’s Best

The New York Mets are playing good baseball for once.

How about that?

It may be through only 10 games, but the Mets are off to a hot start and are in first place in the NL East. I can honestly say that over the past few years, there were times when I thought things would never get better. But, through 10 games, things have been better. Let’s review how things have gone.

Rotation

As a whole, the rotation has been very good. Excellent, even. Bartolo Colon has been one of the best pitchers in baseball so far, and while that’s probably not going to last, it’s nice to see. Matt Harvey was spectacular in his first start, but looked like a mere mortal in his second. But, overall he has shown signs that he’s healthy, which is a relief for Mets fans everywhere. Jacob deGrom has been great, looking like the Rookie of the Year of last year. He was great pitching the home opener, giving Mets fans a good sign for the rest of the year.

Jonathan Niese had one bad start, and one good start. He was rocked in his first start in Atlanta, and somehow his line score doesn’t show it. Probably has something to do with Wilmer Flores absolutely horrific defensive showing. His last start was much better, and hopefully he continues to pitch like that for now on.

And then there’s Dillon Gee. He’s been bad. His first start was awful and his last start wasn’t much better. It doesn’t seem like he’ll be around much longer if he keeps pitching like that, as MLB.com writer Anthony DiComo reported.

Bullpen

Despite dealing with plenty of controversy and stress in the young year, the bullpen has been pretty good. The big blow was the loss of Jenrry Mejia. At first it was just an elbow problem. But, then he was suspended for PEDs and he won’t be back for a while (80 games to be exact).

Jeurys Familia has been good in the closer role, making things interesting, but getting the job done. New acquisition Jerry Blevins has been phenomenal, while his fellow acquisition Alex Torres has been the opposite. Rule V pick Sean Gilmartin has impressed, while rookie Eric Goeddel has been serviceable. Buddy Carlyle has been great, and recently demoted Rafael Montero did not look good.

Lineup

The Mets made a controversial choice with their lineup construction, and I am one of those who doesn’t like it. Travis d’Arnaud has had a great start to the year, both at the plate and in the field. If he can keep it up, that would a big plus for the Mets. Lucas Duda is picking up where he left off at the plate and has been one of the best players in baseball in this young season. If he can keep it up, the Mets are looking good this year.

Daniel Murphy has struggled and has been frustrating. As usual, he can’t field anything, but now he can’t hit anything either. Hopefully, he turns it around. Wilmer Flores might be having the worst start of any player on the Mets. He hit a clutch game-tying home run last night, but hasn’t hit much else (aside from air). Oh, and his fielding has been pathetic. Like, painful to watch, pathetic. He must turn it around. David Wright was off to a hot start… then he got hurt. Let’s just hope he gets healthy and continues his hot hitting.

Michael Cuddyer really struggled to start the year, but has started to turn it around. If he can keep his strikeouts down and stay healthy, we can expect a decent year from him. Juan Lagares has been ice-cold with the bat to start the year, and isn’t doing much to show he deserves to reclaim his spot at the top of the lineup. Luckily, his defense has been his usual stellar stuff, so that’s nice.

Curtis Granderson has been an interesting case. He’s not getting many hits, but he’s walking all over the place. He’s shown signs of turning it around, though, hitting the ball the other way. Let’s hope he continues to do so. Eric Campbell was called up to replace David Wright, and has done a decent job doing so.

Bench

It was controversial when the Mets decided to have a short bench to start the year, and they only just recently corrected that poor decision. Otherwise, the bench has played as expected. John Mayberry has hit lefties hard, Anthony Recker has been unspectacular. Ruben Tejada has been mediocre, and Kirk Nieuwenhuis has been OK. Overall, they’ve been pretty good, but that’s as much as you can expect.

Overall, there’s a reason the Mets are 7-3. They’ve played very well all around, with only Dillon Gee and Wilmer Flores being the hardest to watch. Lucas Duda has been spectacular, Matt Harvey has been fun to watch, and Bartolo Colon has been steady. If the Mets keep playing like this, good times are coming.

NOTE: I want to give Bartolo Colon an extra special shoutout. But, not for his pitching. But, for that absolutely, wonderfully amazing, RBI single against the Braves, to give himself a lead he later gave up. (Don’t worry they came back and he got the W.) Thank you, Bartolo, It was wonderful.

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