The Mets are not what I thought they’d be, but I’ll take it

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

I’m surprised. The Mets started 0-3, at which point I feared a difficult schedule in April could leave them 10-17 to start May. Instead, they went 6-3 on a road trip through Atlanta, Los Angeles and Arizona and find themselves above .500 for the first time since April 2013.


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The team returns home for a 10-game home stand that starts Friday. They’ll face the Braves, Cardinals and Marlins.

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For most teams, 10 games at home would be are source of confidence. However, for the Mets, who have struggled to play in Citi Field for the last two and a half years, it’s more of a concern.

Similarly, Sandy Alderson’s roster will enter Friday with the fifth-most runs scored in the National League, despite David Wright hitting just .258. However, Alderson’s starting pitching and bullpen are toward the back of the pack in runs allowed. In other words, 15 games in to the season, Alderson has the opposite team he probably expected. Instead of one that hits for power, pitches well and plays better at home. He has a team that scores runs with singles and doesn’t walk very much, as they struggle to pitch and play poorly at home. Yet, they’re 8-7.

I’ll take it, especially knowing that Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero and Wilmer Flores can help later this summer, while trusting Wright and Curtis Granderson will eventually find a hot streak. 8-7 is good, though, it means 13-14, or around .500, is realistic for May 1, which sets up what can certainly be a fun summer.




121 comments
Manny Rodriguez
Manny Rodriguez

Lets trade De grom for Dee Gordon and he can play SS and leadoff for us.

Vic Scarpelli
Vic Scarpelli

I'm willing to be patient cause I see a team that should gave really good starters for yrs to come. They need to keep adding bats. A ss is a must and I still think Drew signs eventually . Even if they get a free agent as next yr he can slide to 2b and either deal or put Murphy at 1b

nym68
nym68

Josh Thole just got a hit!....sorry I thought we were still in 2012 when that would've shocked most Mets fans. Now it shocks every Blue Jays fan

How is Flores fairing at Triple A  so far? Any one know? Is he handling the SS position adequately?

Jay Cross
Jay Cross

Off topic, but why is Terry Collins not being interviewed on WFAN this season? Girardi always came in for interviews when it wasn't the Yankees network...is this a contractual thing? That's a bummer, if so. 

cmetsfan
cmetsfan

It's a big park, guys who can hit singles for run production sounds tailored to Citi, even if the wins are coming on the road.


Arizona series was great but we don't know if the Dbacks are so sick of Gibson, that factored, but ya gotta find out and keep rotating clutch hitting around Murphy's along with Right's hitting stability, in order to get those runs in. 

MetsFan1962
MetsFan1962

I think we all can agree that our Metsies play pretty good on the road and not so good at home. I'm hoping that this is our turn around year, playing good at home and on the road. Lets Go Mets!

nym68
nym68

I think TC deserves a little respect for how the team has played the last couple of games. He finally said no to Sandy and his theory on hitting which emphasises hr's and walks. TC said screw it... if the first pitch is hittable, but the damn thing. It's made for some fun baseball to watch and they won! Imagine that concept....win the game and not put  the fans to sleep in the process

David Grover
David Grover

This post cites very misleading numbers. Take away the one Colon bad start and the starting picting has been among the best in baseball.

Brian McCarthy
Brian McCarthy

Who cursed the tv when Keith made a comment on Gee's perfect game he had going.lol

xplr
xplr

As I and many people here have predicted, this team has lots of holes. SS, 1B, relief, etc. However, I liked dumping Lannan (who was as tough to hit as a little leaguer) in favor of Dice K. Duda has been better than expected, so hopefully that platoon can work out. I'm assuming that CYoung, Wright d'Arnaud and Granderson will give us a lot more more.


Still, to be 8-7 at this point is very encouraging. I still think 90 wins is a fantasy, but I thought the over 74 win bet was a good risk/reward. If the starters can hold up and the mets finally get smart and use the youngsters in the bullpen, is it so unbelievable to think we can play .500 ball for the entire season? Considering the injuries the Braves have and Strassburg's issues, I think it's definately possible.

Brian McCarthy
Brian McCarthy

They should have cut Ike Davis yesterday.That way he could have walked home.Plus it is killing the Mets bench with Ike, Duda and Satin.

xplr
xplr

When can I sign up for playoff tickets? :)

hankincolo
hankincolo

Mets played great on the road, yet again, but now it's time for the Mets to WIN at home, for a change.   

coppola8
coppola8

 What will be interesting in my opinion will be can Young provide the boost lagares has through the first 15 games with lagares out for the next 10 games. Without that and what is likely to be some regression from the bullpen against some decent teams, I might sign for 4-10. Especially since that 500 after first month going into Philly. 


  Most important I hope there is some attendance bump during this home stand because selfishly I would really like to see Drew, for no other reason then hes much better than what we have. Flores will be a nice 2B when Murphy leaves. 

michael b mchugh
michael b mchugh

can we just flag or block the cry babies. I personally don't care about the mistakes as I get to read about the METS!!! That is what this site is about the METS, not english 101.


I hope its a good home series against the Braves like they did in Atlanta.


LETS GO METS!!! ABOVE .500!!!

wilpondscm
wilpondscm

colon, granderson, and young were great investments! lol.

wilpondscm
wilpondscm

marlon byrd is making $700,000 this year


curtis granderson $15,000,000. 


the mets paid for a name that people in NY equate with success because he played with the yankees. 


the mets are so dumb

Thomas McKeever
Thomas McKeever

i was hoping for better, but I believe he's making many errors and not hitting that much

nym68
nym68

@Jay Cross  my guess is that WFAN now is all in on the Yankees and wants as little to do with the Mets as possible. Also I think it's safe to say that the Wilpons probably don't want TC appearing on what's now their competition. I don't think it is, but I believe the Mets see it that way. It's become just as Stupid as the WFAN v ESPN immature behavior amongst adults

cmetsfan
cmetsfan

@nym68  The scouting reports were probably saying the mets try to take and walk, so in order to throw off those reports or even exploit them as well, there should be approach adjustments at opportune times.

michael b mchugh
michael b mchugh

@Brian McCarthy  

did you catch keith the other day talking about the girl with the "hotdog".  haa pretty funny. i love our broadcasters.

niesesnose
niesesnose

The Barves pitching staff is no better than ours. Even at full strength, they'll have Minor, Hale, Gavin Floyd (Coming off TJ, huge question mark) Santana and Teheran. Chances are that staff won't even be together by the All star break...The Nats are a better team than we are in all facets of the game however. I think we can hang in there with Barves.

Manny Rodriguez
Manny Rodriguez

They need to send Davis to minors, he need to play everyday. Send brown and Davis to triple and call Cyoung and Campbell. When Lagares return, keep Niewh and demote campbell. I like Ike but he has lot of work to do with his swing.

@coppola8 by drew do you mean Jason bay jr?

hankincolo
hankincolo

Why do you want to rid of Murph? I'd rather see Wilmer push Ruben aside. Murphy hits, fields, runs well and he has a quirky feel about him. 

coppola8
coppola8

 pitching matchups are favorable with the Braves. Not sure how they shake out for Cards and Marlins. I think the key would be taking 2-3 from Braves.. but they are hot right now, although Citi should cool off some of that HR Magic

Mark Kelly
Mark Kelly

@wilpondscm You probably wanted pujols, Hamilton, Papelbon.... i could go on with the list of Big name FA's who have gotten injured post big contract... or have been stinkers. 




cmetsfan
cmetsfan

@wilpondscm  Granderson's a New York, cross over marketing type signing. As far I know he's got no history of PED's, and he's pretty good defensively with the offensive ability probably there, while he gets adjusted to the league. I don't mind the signing so far since the rest of team has been interesting. 

nym68
nym68

@wilpondscm  Marlon Byrd signed a two year $16m contract with Philly. I have no clue where you got your facts from

michael b mchugh
michael b mchugh

@wilpondscm  

actually marlon byrd's salary is 8 mil for the next 2 years with the phillies and a 3rd year vesting option for 8 mil.

byrd was paid 700,000 by the pirates when they received him for the last few months of last season.

mets2014
mets2014

@wilpondscm marlon byrd is making $6M this year and $6M next year...not sure where you are getting your info from

The Feels band
The Feels band

@wilpondscm  What they paid for is 30 homeruns and 90-100 RBIS. TIme will tell if they get that, but there's every reason to believe we will. Even if that means a ton of K's and much frustration. 

ken1010
ken1010

@Daniel Hernandez @nym68  Thole could always hit a little.  I wouldn't be surprised if he Thole had a higher average than Recker this year, but Recker has more power.

nym68
nym68

@cmetsfan @nym68  Agreed. I just believe that those scouting reports are just other teams watching one Mets game and up until the other day..... knowing the gameplan 

David Jay
David Jay

How do you forget the Braves have Wood, who is a legit very solid SP?

cleonsvan
cleonsvan

@Steven Glansberg @wilpondscm I think Colon will prove to be a steady influence on this staff. CY will surprise us, and Grandy's contract is going to be a nuisance going forward.

anymos
anymos

None of those guys were 'can't miss.' They were the best we had in our system at given points in time- totally different than 'can't miss.'

wallbanger
wallbanger

@Zach Goeringer @Thomas McKeever Not really all that surprising. The Mets have hyped their minor league stars for years -  Jordany Valdespin, Lastings Millage, Fernando Martinez, Alex Ochoa - all can't-miss prospects who did. And then there is Carlos Gonzalez, a keeper that we didn't keep.  I hope Wilmer becomes a productive Big Leaguer some day. I just don't think it will be here.

lindro88
lindro88

It's a little early to label Grandy anything.