Ex Mets find success
There have been several surprises early on in this 2021 baseball season. The Mets find themselves in first place, despite not playing up to their potential. Not only are the Mets fairing well early on, but so are a few of their former players. So far this season ex-Mets Steven Matz (Blue Jays), Jed Lowrie (A’s), Wilson Ramos (Tigers) and Zack Wheeler (Phillies) are off to a strong start.
Steven Matz pitches for Blue Jays earlier in spring training. He didn’t face the Yankees, as scheduled, on Sunday. Credit: AP/Frank Franklin II
Out of all the ex-Mets, Steven Matz is off to the strongest start. The former lefty starter is coming off arguably his worst season in the big leagues. Matz struggled early and often last year for the Mets ending the season in the bullpen where he was barley used. But this year something is different for the lefty. Matz through three starts this season has been nothing short of stellar. The New York native is 3 and 0 with an era of 1.47 to start the season. The Lefty is also averaging at least one strike out an inning through his 18 innings pitched so far this season. In his last start against the Royals Matz went six innings, giving up only two hits and one earned run. Steven was also able to strike out five Royals in the process of picking up his third win of the year.
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Jed Lowrie, another former Met that seems to have found his old self again for guess who….? None other than his former team the Oakland A’s. Lowrie never really saw the field for the Mets due to injury. In recent news it appears it could have been the Mets own doing that the middle infielder didn’t make it to the field. Apparently, the Mets were informed that for Lowrie to compete again at a high level he would need to have knee surgery, which the Wilpons and Mets disagreed on. Jed went on to have the surgery shortly after leaving the New York Mets and is now playing at a very high level. Jed is currently carrying a .316 batting average this season. Not only is he leading his team in batting average, but he also leads the team with 12 runs batted in on the season. Lowrie has also displayed good power for a second baseman hitting two homeruns and four doubles so far this year.
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Wilson Ramos aka “The Buffalo” was not re-signed by the Mets after the 2020 season. Ramos in 45 games last year carried a .239 batting average and only hit five homeruns. This season the “Buffalo” is off to a scorching start from a power stand point. Wilson has 6 home runs already and was leading the league in home runs as of last week. The Buffalo seems to have found a new home in Detroit, for now. Ramos has cooled off as of late with his batting average falling to .231, after batting around the .300 range to start the year.
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Last but not least the former Met Zach Wheeler seems to be very comfortable in a rival uniform pitching for the Phillies. In four games this season Wheeler has been solid on the mound, producing 3 quality starts in his first four outings. Wheeler’s record may not reflect how well he has pitched as it currently sits at 1win and two losses on the season. The Phillies have struggled to score runs when he has pitched, this is similar to DeGrom’s situation currently with the Mets. Although Zack hasn’t won early on in the season, he is certainly over powering opposing batters tallying 26 strikeouts in only 23 innings of work.