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Coming into this season, the New York Mets were one of the favorites to represent the National League in the World Series. Six games into the season, the Mets are just 2-4 and struggling to score runs. If that wasn’t bad enough, their top pitching prospect Steven Matz took the mound for the first time this season Monday night and it didn’t go as planned…not even close. Matz allowed 7 Runs and 6 hits in only 1 2/3 innings pitched against the Miami Marlins. Seriously?
So now the question is, is it time to panic? I believe it’s a little premature to start panicking, but it’s certainly time to be cautious. The Mets offense was supposed to be much improved this season as the front office preached depth this off-season. They went out and signed Asdrubal Cabrera to play shortstop and traded for Neil Walker to play second base. These moves were supposed to make the one through eight hitters all quality major league hitters while moving Wilmer Flores onto the bench to become the super utility player. So far this plan hasn’t worked out.
Only David Wright has hit over .300 over the first 6 games, and the Mets as a team have somehow only hit one home run. On the other side of the coin, the starting rotation, which was supposed to be the best in baseball, has been just average. Noah Syndergaard was lights out in his first start against Kansas City and the ageless Bartolo Colon was impressive, but besides that, the Mets vaunted rotation hasn’t been elite. Jacob DeGrom had a good start in the home opener, giving up only one run, but left early after experiencing lat tightness and now will miss his next scheduled start on Wednesday. Matt Harvey has had two sub-par starts with a 4.53 ERA, and as we referenced before, Matz blew up in his only start on Monday night.
Despite all this, don’t panic Met fans…not yet at least. Assuming Jacob DeGrom is okay, this rotation will still be the best in baseball. Matt Harvey is a proven ace and Steven Matz proved he can pitch in the big leagues last season, not only in the regular season but the postseason as well. The offense is more of a question mark, but it is still a very deep lineup. Yoenis Cespedes has looked much better the past two games and David Wright seems to be getting his swing back. Curtis Granderson, Neil Walker, Lucas Duda, and Asdrubal Cabrera are all proven veterans and let’s not forget the potential for youngsters Travis D’arnaud and Michael Conforto. The bottom line is the offense should come around very soon. Mets fans always tend to panic because, well, we are Met fans, can you blame us? But Met fans, I am here to tell you don’t panic, at least not yet.
– D. Celauro