Mets off to a Slow Start
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Nimmo is off to a great start this season for the Metropolitans. He is batting in the leadoff spot for the club and is doing his job by getting on base. Brandon has reached base at least twice in every game this season (only five games). Nimmo also leads the team in on base percentage (.565) and batting average (.412). The sparkplug at the top of the lineup is on pace to be the best leadoff hitter in Mets history. Nimmo currently has a career .380 on base percentage as a leadoff hitter for the Mets.
DeGrom has performed like a former CY Young award winner would be expected to pitch. In his first two starts Jacob has shutdown his opponents. In two starts against the Phillies and Marlins deGrom has a combined era of .64. The dominant right hander has not only held teams off of the scoreboard, but has outright dominated. The star right handed thrower has over powered hitters, in fourteen innings pitched this season Jacob has twenty-one strikeouts. Unfortunately, despite this stellar start on the mound deGrom is 0-1 to start the season after failing to receive the run support needed to earn a win.
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J.D. Davis was expected to be a big part of the lineup this season for the New York Mets, but in the second game of the season he was hit by a pitch on the hand and has not been with the team since. Davis was sent for X Rays twice since that night due to the heavy swelling in the area. Fortunately for the Mets they were both negative. JD was placed on the IL list and is out until he feels comfortable enough to swing a bat.
Michael Conforto is off to easily the worst start in his major league career. Conforto has just three hits in twenty-one at bats this season, he is currently batting .143 this season with a team high eight strikeouts. Michael did not pick the best time to be off to a terrible start. This is a contract year for the Mets everyday right fielder. There were whispers of Conforto being worth a 200-million-dollar contract, but if he keeps this up he will be playing himself right out of town.
It’s a new season, but the same old story for the New York Mets. The Mets starting pitching has been strong early on in this 2021 season. But the bullpen has not been able to keep opponents trailing. Through the first trip in the rotation the Mets starters allowed nine runs in over 30 innings of work. While the bullpen has allowed 8 runs over the span of just over 12 innings of work. Edwin Diaz has been hit hard on the mound to no one’s surprise. Newley acquired Trevor May who was stellar for the twins the last two seasons was roughed up in Philly last week. Dellin Betances is already on the injured list for the time being. The Mets bullpen will be the factor that can make or break the Mets in 2021.
Lets wrap it up-
So far in the 2021 season what could go wrong for the Mets, has gone wrong. With that being said it is very premature to think that these trends will continue with the season only being five games old. I expect to see some minor changes within the Mets batting order to help drive in runs this week. Hopefully JD Davis will return to the Mets lineup later this week when he clears the IL. The Mets will look to get back on track today at 4pm when they face off against the Phillies at Citi Field in a doubleheader. Walker and Stroman will be on the mound for the Mets and will be looking to continue the trend of providing the Mets with quality starts on the mound.