Mets Roundtable #4

The Mets are off to a very hot start to begin the 2017 season.  With one of the best records in the MLB and coming off of a big series SWEEP against the Nationals the amazins’ are starting to turn heads.

First impression of the Mets after the first 10 days of the season.

Jake:  The first week went just about as well as we Mets fans could have asked for. A very hot 6-1 start to the season. I really like what I’m seeing so far. Offense, defense, and pitching have all been looking strong early this season.

Mickey Callaway has impressed me so far this year. He has not been afraid to mix around the lineup each game, and it has been working so far. I really like the 50-50 mix between d’Arnaud and Plawecki so far, too. I feel like he has definity passed the eye test so far this season, and Mets fans should be excited to have him.

The pitching so far has been good, I’m not going to say great though. DeGrom has looked good, Syndergaard has been good so far, but he’s having a little issue getting deep into games, but it is only the first week. Harvey had a surprisingly good outing in his first. I’m just still worried about Matz. I’m sure he will eventually get it figured out, I just hope it’s sooner than later.

But all in all, the Mets have looked great so far this season. Whether it be pitching, starting or bullpen, and hitting, small ball and home runs. I am very excited to see where this team ends up this season.

John:  This past week was a huge week for the New York Mets. They were able to get out to a fast start, executed in all facets of the game, and had minimal issues along the way.

Both deGrom and Syndergaard were able to have solid starts to begin their season. Harvey showed that even though he doesn’t have the Dark Knight stuff he might be a perfect sidekick to the Mets one 1-2 punch in the rotation. Steven Matz struggled in his first start but that was the only game that the Mets didn’t win and I think he will figure it out the next time he is on the hill.

The biggest surprise in the first week of the season for the New York Mets has been their bullpen. The bullpen has been their biggest weakness for the better part of a decade, partially because of lack of talent and partially because past managers simply did not manage the bullpen well. It seems as if this year with Mickey Callaway and Dave Eiland in town that the bullpen might be one of the best in the league.

They have a solid backend of the bullpen that can close out games and both Robert Gsellman and Seth Lugo, in my opinion are the biggest editions because of their ability to pitch in an Andrew Miller type roll with effective stuff pitching to contact. This team will be driven by their pitching and if this past week is any indicator the lineup will be more than enough to help keep this train moving. The Mets are coming watch out.

Sam:  There are little complaints from me for the first week of the Mets 2018 season. 6-1 after seven games is definitely a very positive start for this team that is expected to compete this season and so far it seems like new manager, Mickey Callaway has been pushing all the right buttons. Two things have really stood out to me throughout this first week of the season that I really like. Those things are the Mets haven’t seemed so reliant on the homerun and their bullpen has been close to lights out so far.

Throughout the first six games, the Mets have hit a total of six home runs which has made up for 36% of their total run output so far this season. This is an encouraging sign because the Mets were heavily reliant on the homerun the past few seasons, which can be good at times but can result in a lot of strikeouts and poor execution with runners in scoring position. But so far this season, that has not been the case as Mets hitters have only struck out a total of 46 times throughout the first six games and are hitting .250 with runners in scoring position and .321 in those scenarios with two outs. If this continues throughout the season, the Mets offensive should be able to put up more than enough runs to support their dominant pitching staff.

As for the bullpen, you can’t ask for it to be much better to start the season. After six games, the Mets bullpen ERA is at an eye opening 1.16 ERA which is second in the MLB, only behind the Chicago Cubs. We all knew if healthy the Mets rotation was going to be towards the top of the league, but the bullpen has been a pleasant surprise in this early campaign.

Much credit to manager Mickey Callaway for doing a good job managing his bullpen and putting in the right guys at the correct times. Both Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman have both seen a good amount of work out of the pen and have excelled in their new roles so far, pitching multiple innings at a time. Lets hope this bullpen can keep up this pace as a dominant bullpen is crucial for any team’s success in the big leagues.

Dominick:  Mickey Callaway has the Mets looking like a completely different baseball team from last season.  The players look inspired to play baseball and everyone is playing with great energy.  Callaway has the Mets playing more aggressively in every aspect of the game.  The pitchers aren’t afraid to go right at hitters, they constantly pound the strike zone.  The baserunners run hard and are willing to risk taking an extra base from time to time.  At the plate the offense doesn’t seem lost anymore.  The hitters look like they know what to expect and are more prepared to face the opposing pitchers.
The biggest surprise of the season so far is the effectiveness of the bullpen.  Everyone in the bullpen is locked in and they are a huge part of the Mets’ hot start.  Callaway said before the season he was going to manage the bullpen like every game is must win.  This early in the season he has already showed that he wasn’t lying, bringing in Jeurys Familia for a 5 out save against NL East rival Nationals.

If the Mets can stay healthy they will be able to compete for the NL East.  Ray Ramirez not being with the team anymore has me feeling way more confident that the team can stay healthy.  The Mets are very fun to watch and the team is coming together.  This team has a swagger that the Mets have been missing for a couple of years.
Justin:  The Mets have gotten off to a hotter start than most fans could’ve imagined and the team now sits at 6-1 throughout their first seven games and holds down first place in the NL East. From a pitching standpoint the team has been spectacular both with the rotation and in the bullpen. Jacob deGrom has started off the season picking up exactly where he left off last year. Matt Harvey has begun the season on the right foot and he appears to have some of that swagger and confidence from his old self back. While Noah Syndergaard hasn’t been quite as dominant as the other two, his stuff looks as untouchable as ever and I’m sure very few are worried he will turn things around.

Moreover, the bullpen has been fantastic to begin the season. Having Robert Gsellman and Seth Lugo in the bullpen has done wonders for the team. The Mets are now essentially four or five deep and not just back-heavy as in recent years. Jeurys Familia, A.J. Ramos, Anthony Swarzak (on DL), and the aforementioned Gsellman and Lugo have held down the fort and performed excellently. Even those like the forgotten Hansel Robles have gotten off to magnificent starts giving hope for one of the best Mets bullpens in year.

The offense has been able to keep pace as well with numerous hitters getting off to hot starts. Yoenis Cespedes looks like the perennial MVP candidate that we all know he can be with three home runs and a high average to boot. If he keeps this up, Cespedes is poised to have the best year of his career to this point as he’s already playing at his highest level since the second half of 2015. Elsewhere, Brandon Nimmo and Amed Rosario have both been great to start and despite recent developments deserve all the playing time they could get. As it stands, Mets fans should have a lot to be excited about with this start to the season and I look forward to seeing how this season progresses.

Josh: I really like what I’m seeing so far this season. The team really seems to be clicking on all cylinders and they have shown the ability to come back from behind very quickly, which winning teams tend to do.

The starting rotation, despite not giving the innings they would like so far, has pitched fairly well and I think they will be very successful as long as they are able to stay healthy, which obviously is a big question mark. However, if they are able to, it helps the next part of the discussion.

The bullpen has been phenomenal so far and Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman have a lot to do with that. Having two multi-inning relievers is something nobody else in baseball has and the Mets are taking advantage of it. They essentially have a two-headed monster that can help them bridge the gap to the later innings every night. Even Hansel Robles has been a decent contributor so far.

The offense has been pretty impressive as well with some aggressiveness on the base paths and with the return of the Michael Conforto, the bench has gotten even better with Brandon Nimmo. While I personally think they need to get him in the starting lineup somehow, Adrian Gonzalez has actually played pretty well and probably deserves the chance to keep the job.




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