The New York Mets are floundering after a three-game slate in Milwaukee and the number of problems is immensely growing.
First, the good news; the New York Mets starting pitching has been solid for the last week.
In the last five games, Jacob DeGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz and Zack Wheeler gave up two runs or less each. Even Jason Vargas only gave up three runs in his most recent start (unfortunately that was in an abbreviated four-inning stint).
Now, the bad news; the Mets lost four of these games as they scored a total of just seven runs.
General manager Brodie Van Wagenen boldly declared that his team was the one to beat in the National League East before the season began. Granted it is just early May, but Van Wagenen has got a lot of problems to solve for his prediction to come true.
Current issues facing the Mets
Here’s a look at some of the growing concerns in Queens:
The once potent team hitting has gone cold. Outside of rookie Pete Alonso and the versatile Jeff McNeil, the hitters are slumping. When Zack Wheeler has a higher batting average than Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos, Juan Lagares, Brandon Nimmo and Todd Frazier, you know things are bad.
The overall ERA for the pitching staff sits at 4.67 which is 11th out of the 15 National League teams. The Mets have also walked 130 batters; the third most in the league.
Amed Rosario has regressed defensively. He has already committed a league-leading nine errors.
As a team, the Mets have made the most errors in the league with 30 total. Their defensive issues have been mounting.
Jeurys Familia has been a disaster coming out of the bullpen. His 6.28 ERA has many fans wondering why the Mets brought him back to Queens.
The pitching staff is experiencing physical problems. Vargas left this weekend’s game after four innings due to tightness in his hamstring. It was also reported that Matz was sent back to New York early to be examined after experiencing nerve issues in his throwing arm.
The baseball season is a marathon so there’s plenty of time for the Mets to fix what currently ails them. Fans will be hoping that the team can do so sooner rather than later.