The New York Mets are battling to stay above .500. In May, we want to see them improve in these three areas.
We are just one month into a long season, but there are some potential red flags that are hard to ignore with this New York Mets team. Although there are issues, the chemistry is very good, and the offense is the best we’ve seen in recent years.
The Mets went 15-14 in the month of April and were in first place in NL East here and there. Despite the winning record, some things stood out in April and need to be addressed if the Mets want to make a playoff run.
Keep in mind, it is very early and things may sort out, but here’s what the Mets need to do better in May.
1) Get Cy Young Jacob deGrom back on track
It may be unfair to have the expectation for Jake to replicate last years performance, but some of his starts this year are not what us Mets fans are used to. Jacob deGrom posted a 2-3 record with a 4.85 ERA in April (plus one start in March), numbers that fans are not accustomed to seeing from him.
It seemed like his control wasn’t there, and he gave up the long ball much more frequently than last year. Some analysts think he’s tipping pitches, but I believe it is just some early season rust. It is not time to panic Mets fans, deGrom is incredibly talented and should figure things out.
Keep in mind, this “bad” deGrom is 2-3 with a 4.85 and struck out 14 Marlins hitters on April 3rd. So as of April, the Mets are missing 2018 deGrom in some of his starts, but it shouldn’t be long until his Cy Young caliber performances make a comeback on a consistent basis.
In fact, according to Newsday, pitching coach Dave Eiland said that deGrom’s mechanical balance issue, which he said was the root for his struggles, has been fixed. Time will tell and it will be interesting to see how deGrom fares in May.
His first start on Wednesday to kick off the month included 7 shutout innings. Hopefully, this is a sign of brighter days ahead.