The Mets completed the primary half of their season Monday night time nonetheless in first place within the NL East with 81 video games left to play.
The primary 81 video games featured a heavy dose of accidents, sturdy beginning pitching and resilient comebacks, combined with a widespread lack of offense and the remainder of the division not precisely giving them a run for his or her cash.
The subsequent 81, set to start Tuesday night time towards the Brewers at Citi Discipline, will resolve whether or not the Mets play into October or find yourself as a disappointment.
“I’m happy with how we’ve performed,” supervisor Luis Rojas mentioned. “However that is the place we gotta inform one another that we gotta maintain going.”
Listed below are 5 questions that comply with the Mets into the second half of their season:
1. Can the highest of the rotation maintain this up?
The Mets have largely been bolstered by a terrific trio of beginning pitchers in Jacob deGrom, Taijuan Walker and Marcus Stroman. One is an All-Star and the opposite two had arguments to hitch deGrom in Colorado subsequent week.
Whereas deGrom carried a 0.95 ERA into his begin Tuesday night time within the midst of a traditionally dominant season, Walker (2.44) and Stroman (2.60) have additionally been important to the Mets’ success. Equally essential is that they’ve remained largely wholesome — other than a number of scares, together with an IL stint for deGrom.
However can they maintain this up the remainder of the way in which? Even when they fall barely again to Earth, or nearer to their profession ERAs, they need to nonetheless give the Mets an opportunity to handle enterprise within the division.
2. What do they get from the remainder of the rotation?
Simply how tight issues get down the stretch may depend upon what the Mets get from the again finish of their rotation. Appearing GM Zack Scott mentioned Monday he’s approaching the commerce deadline considering of Carlos Carrasco (potential late July return) and Noah Syndergaard (potential Sept. 1 return) as “bonuses” slightly than givens.
With Joey Lucchesi (Tommy John surgical procedure) and David Peterson (indirect pressure) additionally unavailable, it appears probably that Scott will add no less than one arm earlier than the deadline. Simply how impactful that arm is stays to be seen, as does whether or not Tylor Megill can sustain his promising introduction to the large leagues.
3. Can the lineup lastly play as much as its potential when wholesome?
The Mets, who scored 3.69 runs per recreation of their first 81 video games (second-worst in MLB), have talked about being a powerful offense after they get everybody again from the IL. After having as few as three common starters within the lineup at one level earlier within the season, the Mets’ beginning place gamers might be totally wholesome by the point they get to the All-Star break, with J.D. Davis doubtlessly the final one again this weekend.
“One of many issues I need to see is our offense get going prefer it has been for the final couple days and for us to be constant and get extra high quality at-bats and be capable of rating extra runs as a result of we will depend on good pitching, however we don’t know,” Rojas mentioned.
4. Will Francisco Lindor rise to the event?
One large solution to ship a jolt to the offense is by getting extra manufacturing from Lindor. The shortstop has been wholesome all season and key to an improved protection, however entered Tuesday hitting .219/.318/.358. He’s combined brutal slumps with promising stretches, however the Mets want extra of the latter to get their offense clicking.
5. What sort of take a look at will the remainder of the NL East give them?
What was anticipated to be considered one of MLB’s hardest divisions coming into the yr as a substitute had only one group over .500 coming into Tuesday — the Mets. Whereas the Nationals have performed higher of late, the Braves and the Phillies haven’t performed as much as their potential. However all three groups may function a professional challenger for the NL East in the event that they get their act collectively or maybe add on the commerce deadline.