Can The Mets Keep Up The Strong Start?

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Can The Mets Keep Up The Strong Start?

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Can The Mets Keep Up The Strong Start?

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It seems like we say this every year about the New York Mets, “This is their year!” and when those diehard fans get their hopes up, the Mets typically have a complete meltdown in the second half of the season and disappoint their loyal fanbase. However, this year with the Mets off to the start that they’re on, even without the best pitcher in baseball, Jacob deGrom, it’s time to take them seriously as a legit threat in the NL East and maybe for a World Series title.

The Mets have not made the playoffs since 2016 when they played in the NL Wild Card and lost to the San Francisco Giants. They have had four losing seasons over the span of five seasons during that stretch including last year. They held first place in the NL East for over 100 days but had an August collapse and gave up the top spot to the eventual World Series Champs, Atlanta Braves, to finish with a record of 77-85. During the offseason which dealt with a lockout and uncertainty if there was going to even be a season, second year owner Steve Cohen was not messing anymore. He wanted to reach the time table of winning a World Series in the next three to five years, all starting by bringing in a veteran manager, Buck Showalter.

In free agency, the Mets made a huge splash instantly by signing the three time Cy Young award winner and eight time All-Star Max Scherzer to a three-year, $130 million contract. Cohen was not done as he also brought in some veteran bats to boost the Mets lineup by signing outfielders, Starling Marte to a four-year deal and Mark Canha to a two-year deal. Cohen also wanted a solid third baseman and signed Eduardo Escobar to a two-year contract. Cohen also made it adamant to get a starting pitcher. After Noah Syndergaard left for the Angels and Marcus Stroman to the Cubs, he traded for 2021 All-Star Chris Bassitt from the Oakland Athletics. All of these moves Cohen made, has given the Mets a real shot to win this year.

The start the Mets are on should be taken seriously. They just finished off April with a record of 15-7 and winning all of their series played. Their offense has been one of the best in the majors thus far after an underperforming year in 2021. Both Marte and first baseman Pete Alonso are top two in the National League in driving in runs. Additionally, infielder Jeff McNeil is off to a great start with the bat as he’s hitting over .300 which is top five in the NL. Also, Franciso Lindor has gotten off to a hot start with the bat after a disappointing 2021 and seeing him getting booed early and often throughout the season. The shortstop has already hit four long balls in the month of April after hitting just one the year before in April and his defense has been stellar. This is something that the Mets and Met fans have to be thrilled about with Lindor as he is in the first year of his 10 year contract.

Lastly, the starting pitching which was a major question mark, especially after deGrom went down, has been everything the Mets have hoped. Perhaps the biggest surprise is Tylor Megill who is just in his second year in the majors and has been perhaps one of the team’s biggest surprises this season. You also can’t forget how worthy of an asset Max Scherzer has been for the club too along with Chris Bassitt too as the Mets starting pitching staff is ranked in the top five NL in team ERA to go along with a combined no-hitter thrown against the Phillies on April 30.

Once deGrom comes back and the pitching staff continues to pitch well and the offense plays well too, the Mets will finally get over that hump and get back to the postseason. Yes, it is still early and we have seen this team get off to fast starts and then falter down the stretch. However, this is a completely different team from years past. They have a veteran manager who knows what he’s doing and can make the right moves and a lineup that is capable of doing damage and a pitching staff that is one of the best even without their best pitcher. This is an ascending team that is on the rise and has a chance to get back to the playoffs and make a deep run.

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