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

By Nicholas Bradshaw
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 29: Edwin Diaz #39 of the New York Mets sends the ball to first base for the out to end the ninth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field on April 29, 2019 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.The Cincinnati Reds defeated the New York Mets 5-4. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /

3) Provide quality relief

Probably the most concerning issue of the 2019 Mets so far has been the bullpen. In April, it posted a 5.38 ERA, good for third to last in the league and put them behind teams like the Marlins and the Royals.

With the starting pitchers not going deep into games, the bullpen needs to pick up the slack and put up zeroes, which it hasn’t done yet.

Closer Edwin Diaz has been the only consistent reliever in the bullpen converting on all but one save in April. Relievers before Diaz have been extremely inconsistent and have given up a ton of runs, hence the 5+ collective ERA, while walking far too many hitters.

Jeurys Familia played a big part in walks and giving up runs, posting a 6.28 ERA and walking 13 in 14.1 IP. As I’m sure you know, Craig Kimbrel still remains on the free agent market and would be a very nice addition to the Mets’ pen.

Sending out Kimbrel for the eighth and Diaz for the ninth could be one of the best one-two late inning punches in baseball and would give more leeway to Callaway to only put relievers in for innings five through seven. If the Mets want to win games against competitive teams and make a playoff run, the bullpen needs to be addressed.

This is a very early, critical analysis of the Mets as we head into May. The weather isn’t great yet and a lot of pitchers don’t like throwing in the cold. But these issues need to be addressed in order for them to continue to win games and prevent a June collapse like we saw last year.

Quality relief from the bullpen is lacking so far, and the starting rotation has been inconsistent. Pitchers that we’re used to seeing put up great numbers haven’t yet, but things should sort out as the season continues.

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