MLB Post All-Star Break Review: New York Mets
The New York Mets have let what could have been a promising season slip through their fingers. They are currently third in the NL East at 54-63 and a whopping 17.5 games behind Atlanta and 12 games behind a wild card berth making.
The Mets have a fairly decent rotation being led by young ace Matt Harvey who is 9-4 with a 2.23 ERA over 165.2 innings this season. Zack Wheeler has had 10 starts pitching well enough for a 5-2 record and a 3.63 ERA. Dillon Gee has also pitched respectable with a 8-8 record and 3.82 ERA on the year. The back end of the rotation includes Jeremy Hafner ( 4-8, 4.34 ERA), Jon Niese (4-6, 4.45ERA), and Shaun Marcum (1-10, 5.29 ERA) who has been the weakest link of the group.
New York is only 12 games behind a wild card berth and it just so happens the Mets bullpen has blown a combined 12 saves so far this season. Bobby Parnell has been good completing 22 of 26 save opportunities with a 2.16 ERA and LaTroy Hawkins continues to be a good asset in the bullpen with a 2.75 ERA.
Third baseman David Wright leads the Mets in most offensive categories with a .309 average, 16 home runs, 54 RBI’s, and 17 stolen bases. First baseman Josh Satin is the only other Mets player who will sniff a .300 average this year as he’s at .294 thus far. Leading the team in long balls is Right Fielder Marlon Byrd who has 17 home runs helping him lead the team with 60 RBI’s.
Add a solid pitcher to the rotation to take away Shaun Marcum’s 1-10 season and take away a couple blown saves and the New York Mets are right in the wild card race. They still have a glimmer of hope but considering they are 5-5 in their last 10 and not getting the surge they need it is unlikely you will see them in the post-season. However with a few off-season additions the Mets could be in playoff contention next season.
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