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Five Mets predictions for the 2019 season I didn’t get right

MIAMI, FLORIDA - MAY 17: Jacob deGrom #48 of the New York Mets reacts against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on May 17, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA - MAY 17: Jacob deGrom #48 of the New York Mets reacts against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on May 17, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 22: Jacob deGrom #48 of the New York Mets walks to the dugout in the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals during their game at Citi Field on May 22, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Owens/Getty Images)

Preseason predictions are fun to make and by May, you usually know where you hit with yours and where you missed. These five predictions I had for the New York Mets in 2019 were way off.

The New York Mets made so many moves during this past offseason that had analysts and fans making all kinds of predictions for 2019.

Will they win the NL East and return to the playoffs? Will Jacob deGrom repeat? Will the pitching be elite?

The season has been filled with ups and downs for the Mets, so far, and they are currently in a slump, but it’s still early. Here are five predictions I made before the season began that have been wrong, so far.

1. The Mets rotation will be the best in baseball

Last season, the Mets’ rotation boasted baseball’s best pitcher in deGrom, an elite pitcher in Noah Syndergaard, and two wonderful surprises in Zack Wheeler and Steven Matz.

It seemed as though they were all just getting better and better and there was no way Jason Vargas would be as bad as he was in 2018 in 2019, so I thought Mets fans would be in for a treat. Unfortunately, that has not been the case.

Prior to his last start, deGrom was getting back into his CY-Young award-winning self, but we have seen him struggle unexpectedly throughout this season. He can’t seem to locate his slider, and that has been his biggest weakness.

Syndergaard has had some rough stretches, especially in April, and that is reflected in his whopping 4.50 ERA. However, there is room for optimism as he has looked quite good so far in May.

Wheeler has been disappointing this season: the two numbers of his that stand out most are his 4.85 ERA and 1.437 WHIP. He cannot seem to get into a consistent groove and has pretty frequent bad outings.

The starting pitcher with the lowest ERA on the team has surprisingly been Matz, but he has not looked great since returning from his IL-stint. Hopefully, he can get back into the swing of things, especially since no one else is really carrying the weight.

Vargas has been on the IL since the beginning of May and was not pitching well at all prior to that. In 24.1 IP he had a 5.92 ERA, 1.562 WHIP, and 5.72 FIP. I don’t believe his time on the IL will result in an improvement in his performance, but one can only hope.

Wilmer Font is his replacement and has been nothing short of abysmal since the Mets acquired him from the Tampa Bay Rays. It is important that the Mets call Anthony Kay up immediately. He is boasting a 1.24 ERA and a 0.87 WHIP and threw seven no-hit innings in his last start.

The rotation needs all the help it can get, especially since the lineup is not producing offensively, so calling him up wouldn’t hurt.

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