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New York Mets: Not your ordinary first-half award winners

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CLEVELAND, OHIO - JULY 08: Pete Alonso of the New York Mets celebrates winning the T-Mobile Home Run Derby at Progressive Field on July 08, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OHIO - JULY 08: Pete Alonso of the New York Mets celebrates winning the T-Mobile Home Run Derby at Progressive Field on July 08, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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PHILADELPHIA, PA – JUNE 26: Dominic Smith #22 of the New York Mets dives safely into third base after stealing second and advancing on a throwing error by catcher J.T. Realmuto #10 of the Philadelphia Phillies during the sixth inning of a baseball game at Citizens Bank Park on June 26, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Energizer Bunny

The Energizer Bunny award goes to the person who has brought the energy to every Mets game this year. The Mets have had several upbeat players in 2019 but the person whose attitude rubbed off the most on the team is Dominic Smith.

Smith at one point was considered the possible first baseman of the future. Then Alonso came along and basically took the job away from Smith. It can be very easy for a young player like Smith to pout and complain but instead, Smith made himself more versatile for the team.

With Smith wanting to go and learn a new position it showed that he wanted to be a part of the Mets future. His relationship with Alonso is also very telling of the kind of person Smith is. With every big hit Alonso had, Smith embraced him with giant enthusiasm.

Smith’s productive at-bats off the bench have given the Mets a spark plenty of time and the smile that’s on his face every day has certainly given the Mets a spark in the clubhouse.

The energy that Smith has brought made him go from expendable trade chip to valuable piece of the Mets future.

Road Reliable

The Mets bullpen has been awful. There’s just no other way to describe how bad they have been. However, if we can find one little silver lining, it’s that one of them has been pretty good on the road. Robert Gsellman wins the Road Reliable award for being the most reliable on the road.

It’s pretty scary just how night and day Gsellman has been when it comes to his home and away splits. When Gsellman pitches at Citi Field he has a 9.35 ERA but when he is on the road he has an ERA of 2.25.

In 17.1 innings pitched at home he has only struck out 18 batters, gave up 21 runs (18 earned runs), and opposing batters are hitting .351 against him. However, on the road in 28 innings pitched he has struck out 30 batters, gave up 7 runs (all 7 earned), and opposing hitters are hitting .215.

There is no real reason that sticks out for why Gsellman’s numbers are the way they are. Citi Field, after all, is a pitcher’s park so you would think these numbers would be reversed. Whatever the reason as bad as the bullpen has been Gsellman can be relied on when the Mets are on the road.

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