In the first inning of Wednesday’s game against the Giants, an RBI double by Curtis Granderson gave his team an early 1-0 lead. That has been a common occurrence as of late.
So far during the month of May, the Mets have played nine games and scored a first inning run in eight of them. They have scored two or more runs in the first inning in four of those games. They have scored 17 first inning runs during that span.
Coming into today’s game, the Mets were third overall with 30 first inning runs through 32 games. The Phillies and Brewers have scored 32 and 33 respectively. Their .965 first inning OPS is also the 3rd highest. They are close to last during the second inning with a .606 OPS and a batting average below .200.
The Mets see an even lower OPS and batting average in the 6th inning and even worse in the ninth. In total, they are 9-7 when scoring in the first, but have won six of their last seven.
Many of their hitters have benefited greatly from hitting early in the game. — take Asdrubal Cabrera for instance. Coming into today’s game he’s hitting .264 on the season. Through 25 first inning at-bats he’s hitting .320.
The same goes for Neil Walker and Jay Bruce. Walker sees a .353 first inning average versus a .217 overall average and Bruce sees a .350 first inning average versus a .276 overall. Michael Conforto has a first inning OPS of 1.743.
If this is the case, the Mets might want to switch up their lineup a bit to give them a better shot at having as many players as possible come up in the first. Even with Reyes heating up, maybe shaking thing up a bit to get more players on could play a big part in the Mets taking more early leads in the future.
Of course, being able to score later in the game and pitching that allows the Mets to keep the lead would also benefit the Mets.