Michael Conforto is as close to an A grade as you can get so maybe he deserves a noted B+. He hasn’t broken out and become the MVP candidate some believed he would. However, Conforto is putting together one of those productive years he seems to every other season.
As one of the team’s primary power hitters, it’s essential Conforto’s home run numbers are high and his batting averages don’t suffer because of it. Scooter often finds ways to get on base, helping his cause for a good grade.
I’ve enjoyed J.D. Davis this year. When the Mets first acquired him from the Houston Astros, it felt as if they gave up too many minor leaguers to take a chance on a guy who continually failed at the big league level. I now know better.
Davis isn’t perfect, but he is someone the Mets could potentially grow with. His defense remains questionable and this will never change. Fortunately, he can hit with tremendous power. Davis’ offense has led the way in gaining fans this year with more than a couple games featuring big hits from his even bigger bat.
Jacob deGrom still makes the honor roll at around the two-month mark. Hopefully, his parents aren’t too strict and do accept this B grade.
Expectations were high for deGrom coming off a Cy Young season. We all knew he wouldn’t repeat what he did in 2018. Still, even while accepting this, deGrom hasn’t been the same. Opposing batters have knocked him around more than once. Our ace has, at many times, looked like a number two.
Seth Lugo has played just enough this year to earn a grade and not an incomplete. The most reliable reliever over the past two seasons looks like the man we wanted him to become. Injury aside, the season has been a pretty good one for Lugo.
It’s safe to say Lugo could potentially earn himself a better grade in the final 100 games this season. He hasn’t done anything to suggest otherwise. In fact, many of his worst outings in 2019 were likely due to illness. Lugo battled through regardless, earning a mulligan from many fans during those games.
If not for one terrible start versus the Philadelphia Phillies, Steven Matz would have earned an A grade. Instead, he’s getting a B for right now. There’s nothing wrong with leaving some room for improvement.
Matz has undoubtedly been the best starting pitcher on the roster all year long. This may not be a great compliment considering the performance of others. As a guy many have doubted—myself included—it’s nice to see him finally show some consistency for the long haul. He still has work to do and this includes staying on the field.
What do we make of Wilson Ramos? The free agent catcher brought in to change the way we thought of Mets backstops hasn’t exactly dazzled. When compared to other catchers in MLB, he’s right up there statistically in many areas.
Ramos isn’t having a career-year and the pitchers haven’t spoken too highly of his performance behind the plate. I think it’s safe to say he has done just about everything asked of him but nothing more. Over the next 100 games, I hope to see the All-Star he has been in the past.