The Mets in May, the half way point.
The New York Mets sit atop the National League East after the first 6 weeks of the season. But what have they really shown us up to this point? They put together a seven game winning streak, a definite high point and yet they can’t seem to produce any runs in support of Johan Santana. Arguably one of the best pitchers plying the trade today, Santana leads the league in ERA with a stunning 0.78 after seven starts while posting a decent but far less impressive 4 and 2 won lost record.
The Mets have shown glimpses of promise in a come from behind victory against the Braves. A few Mets players are showing great numbers for the month so far as well. Carlos Beltran is leading the National league in average at .374 and is right behind the Majors leader by only a few points ( well 19). Johan Santana is leading the National League in ERA at .078 yet somehow not leading in wins.
The bullpen has shown vast improvement over last years. Francisco Rodriguez is second in the National League in saves with 9 and has an ERA of only 1.15 with 16 strikeouts in 15.2 innings. The team ERA is a 3.89 and they have 220 strikeouts to only 125 walks. They are allowing the opposition to bat at a .254 clip. Solid numbers but not enough to sustain the season. There as also not been a complete game by a Mets pitcher this year.
As for the bats, well there are three Mets with a slugging percentage over .500, Carlos Beltran, Carlos Delgado and David Wright, again solid numbers. The team batting average is a respectable .287. The Mets have scored 158 runs in 32 games. that is almost 5 runs a game. The record should be higher with that kind of run totals but again the bats tend to take every five days off. The Mets are averaging less than 1 stolen base a game, this is not a good sign considering they have Jose Reyes and David Wright to go with Carlos Beltran, all legitimate 30 steals guys.
Fielding? Well this is not as bad as I thought it would be but still not good enough to be an elite N.L. team. In 32 games they have had 1,183 chances and committed 22 errors. They have allowed less than half a stolen base per game. they have a fielding percentage of 0.981. Respectable but the few errors have been costly ones and on plays that should have been routine.
So as for the month of May I see some good things from the boys from Queens. I see room for improvement as well. If they could cut down on the errors. If they could become more consistent at the plate and if they would just give their ace some run support, this team can walk away with the National League East. All in all I would say it is a fair start, not a good one but a fair one. I look forward to seeing some of the fundamentals come around and this team making surge the second half of the month.
Over all grade for the first half of the month I would have to give the Mets a C+. Not bad but needs improvement. so go ahead Mets fans and give me your thoughts. See you again at the end of May.