Things To Be Optimistic About in the Early Season
- Updated: April 21, 2016
Speaking lightly on behalf of all Mets fans, the beginning of 2016 came as a bit of a scare.
However, now that they are at .500 for the season, there are obvious reasons to believe they can work their magic. Not only are the Mets winning games, but they are playing better on both sides of the ball.
The pitching rotation has not necessarily lived up to their hype yet, putting Syndergaard aside. Harvey has not had his best stuff and Familia’s mechanics seem to be slightly off. However, others are stepping up and fulfilling the roles. For example, spot starter Logan Verrett has the third lowest ERA (0.69) in the National League, tied with the Nats’ Gio Gonzalez. And, so far, opposing teams have underestimated Hansel Robles out of the bullpen.
Hot and cold streaks seem to be the Mets’ thing. It happened last year and it will happen again this year. The first few games, it pained me to see guys with power strike out over and over again. Yes, it is the game of baseball. Yes, it can be super frustrating. Especially with a lineup full of strikeout hitters, it needs to be expected occasionally throughout a 162-game season.
However, something they have this year, that they did not at this time last year, is a lineup full of power hitters. Now, Terry Collins can adjust the lineup to what he thinks will work. Majority of the lineup can adjust to hitting cleanup. What has proven successful lately is Michael Conforto hitting third. It is giving everyone else in the lineup a chance to see the pitches they want to see. There is more to work with which will boost their chances in the long run.
In the very unfortunate, very real chance that the offense falls flat again, Collins can work with the lineup to produce the best results. With this pitching staff, sometimes all it takes is a run or two to get the win.
And, if they fall into a drought and you are thinking that it could not get worse, just remember that in 2015 the Mets were no-hit by Giants’ Chris Heston and later made it to the World Series.
David Wright. Beat writers and fans wrote him off after a rough Opening Day against the Royals. Since then, Wright’s on-base streak is in the second-best in the MLB at 21 straight games and the sixth-best in his career. At third, he is running barehanded plays like spinal stenosis is a thing of the past. He is back in his “vintage form,” as MLB At Bat notified me the other day.
With all bats on deck and all arms healthy on the mound, the New York Mets can be unstoppable.