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New York Mets need big improvements from these three areas in May

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 01: Jacob deGrom #48 of the New York Mets delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field on May 01, 2019 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 01: Jacob deGrom #48 of the New York Mets delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field on May 01, 2019 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – APRIL 27: Christian Yelich #22 of the Milwaukee Brewers rounds third base after hitting a home run in the fourth inning as Noah Syndergaard #34 of the New York Mets looks on at Citi Field on April 27, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

2) Improve starting pitching and address the depth

Surprisingly, the Mets biggest issue thus far has been the pitching. It seemed as if the bullpen was fortified this offseason and the starting pitching would put up the best numbers in the National League. That just hasn’t happened yet.

From top to bottom, the Mets rotation has been extremely inconsistent. Each starter had some good starts, but all of them had really bad ones as well.

In April, Mets starters didn’t go deep into games and often had to turn it over to the bullpen that has been shaky. In addition to the starters needing to go deeper into games, rotation depth needs to be addressed. Corey Oswalt made some long relief appearances and is a spot starter but he hasn’t done well so far, and you can’t take Seth Lugo out of the bullpen because he’s been one of the most utilized relief arms.

So far, the Mets are lacking consistent starting pitching, and there also doesn’t seem to be any good options internally to start games if someone gets hurt. If Brodie Van Wagenen goes out and signs Craig Kimbrel, he could move Lugo into the rotation which would fortify the back end with a good arm.

Until they reach outside the organization for help, we’re going to have to hope these struggling arms get back to normal. We know they have it in them. Get ready to remain patient for at least a little while longer.

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