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The Mets in May, the halfway point.

Posted on: May 13, 2009 10:37 pm
Edited on: May 14, 2009 9:23 am

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.

Category: MLB
Tags: Mets

Since: Jan 13, 2009
Posted on: May 18, 2009 11:39 am

The Mets in May, the halfway point.

The  have been playing .750 baseball in the month of the May. On occasion though, a loss is inevitable. This was one of those days. the Mets did not play lose defense. they did not allow the  to a chance to open up the game. This came down to two hits and two balks. Yes I said BALKS.  committed a balk that cost the Mets a run. The umpire called Pelfrey for another that was not but it also cost the Mets a run. This one however would not have mattered as the Giants starter  just kept getting himself out of jams.

The Mets stranded 20 base runners is in this one folks. Twice the runners had the bases loaded only to hit into double plays to end the inning or keep the runner on third from advancing. A quick thinking play by the Giants first basemen,, who threw home and then got back to the bag to finish a double play stopped the Mets in their tracks. This was the way the day went for the first place Mets.
Now only a half a game in first after winning the 3 of the first 4 on this 7 game west coast swing. This was a case of not being able to play small ball with a team that makes its living playing it. With the bases loaded and no outs, Jerry Manuel does not call for a squeeze play, not one time. What happened to those days. Well ask the Giants, they seem to be able to get it done today.
The Mets head to Los Angeles to play the  tomorrow night so stay tuned

Since: Jan 13, 2009
Posted on: May 17, 2009 8:44 am

The Mets in May, the halfway point.

It is truly great that the Mets are doing so well Clutch. Let us not forget that even though the Phillies are struggling they are only 2 games behind the Mets in the East. The boys from Queens can not slack off, they have to push the pedal to the floor and keep it there. I know a slow down will occur, it happens to every world series winning team at some point in the season, lets just put some distance between the Mets and the rest so when it comes we have some room.

Since: Nov 7, 2006
Posted on: May 17, 2009 3:11 am

The Mets in May, the halfway point.

Apart from DM,  I'm very happy with the Mets start to their season.  It was shaky at the beginning but they are starting to come around.  Hey,  It's a great feeling when the Phillies are struggling and our Mets are coming through.

Since: Jan 13, 2009
Posted on: May 14, 2009 6:34 am

The Mets in May, the halfway point.

Thank you DM for the review. I was wondering if some one would dislike the C+. I am glad to see we are of like minds on this.

Since: Jan 6, 2009
Posted on: May 14, 2009 1:49 am

The Mets in May, the halfway point.

I think your grade of a C+ is more then fair. Despite a long winning streak of 7 games the Mets continue to make menatl errors. These mental errors are magnified against competitive teams. The Mets certainly have the talent to compete with the ELITE teams of the National League but they must cut down on the mental mistakes.

Fielding errors, poor hitting and bad pitching are just part of the game but there is no excuse for not being mentally prepared to compete.

Lets Go !

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