Are the New York Mets Legit After Hot Start?

Two weeks into the season isn’t much to judge a team off of, but the Mets have been making some noise. They are currently 10-3, winning their last eight games, sweeping the Phillies in three and the Marlins in four. The Mets, along with the Tigers, are the only 10-game winners so far this season. They own a 1.5 game lead over the Braves, whom they play in a three game series in Queens starting on Tuesday.

The key for the Mets has been their strong pitching. Fire-baller Matt Harvey has sparked some life for the organization and fans, winning his first three starts while posting a 3.50 ERA, striking out 24 and walking only one in 18 innings pitched. In addition to Harvey, 41-year-old Bartolo Colon also won his first three starts with a 2.25 ERA, striking out 18 and walking one lone batter as well. Reigning NL Rookie of the Year Jacob deGrom has been dominant in his outings thus far, going 2-1 with a 0.93 ERA, 17 strikeouts and three walks.

But it’s not only the starting pitching that has helped the Amazin’s. Jeurys Familia has converted all six of his save opportunities since he has stepped in to the closer role. Jerry Blevins has been lights out from the pen, retiring all 15 batters he has faced in his five innings pitched. The Mets pitching staff has a 3.00 ERA, good enough for seventh best in baseball and fourth in the National League. They also lead baseball with eight saves, and are tied for fourth in strikeouts with 111.

In order to win games, you also have to score runs. The Mets are fourth in the NL with 57 runs scored over their first 13 games, posting a .251 team average and a .326 OBP. They have also slugged nine home runs thus far. Lucas Duda has been the most consistent hitter, posting a .347 average with one long ball and driving in eight runs, but the Mets have had production up and down their lineup. They have six players with five or more RBI’s, and four guys hitting above .300. Veteran Michael Cuddyer has continued his hot hitting. He is currently batting .333 with a homer and seven RBI’s while acting as a role model for the younger players.

But injuries have hurt the Mets thus far. Team captain David Wright was hitting .333 before he was placed on the 15-day disabled list. Travis d’Arnaud just fractured his hand and will likely miss a good chunk of time, and Zach Wheeler is on the 60-day DL. Once they get healthy and rejoin the team, they Mets will only see an improvement in play.

If the Mets can stay healthy, and the pitching continues its dominance, I can see the Mets still competing for an NL East division title in September, and possibly even seeing some October baseball in Citi Field. It’s the start of something special here for the Mets. If they secure Harvey, deGrom and Wheeler long term, and they stay healthy, the Mets will be serious contenders for the next decade or so.

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