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NY Mets report card grades for the first month of the season

MIAMI, FLORIDA - AUGUST 19: Michael Conforto #30, Billy Hamilton #21, and Brandon Nimmo #9 of the New York Mets celebrate the win against the Miami Marlins by score of 5-3 at Marlins Park on August 19, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA - AUGUST 19: Michael Conforto #30, Billy Hamilton #21, and Brandon Nimmo #9 of the New York Mets celebrate the win against the Miami Marlins by score of 5-3 at Marlins Park on August 19, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
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PHILADELPHIA, PA – AUGUST 16: Wilson Ramos #40 of the New York Mets is hit by a pitch from Zack Wheeler #45 of the Philadelphia Phillies during the fourth inning of an MLB baseball game at Citizens Bank Park on August 16, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies defeated the Mets 6-2. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Wilson Ramos

The Mets backstop has been extremely disappointing in every facet of the game in 2020. He has a .211/.278/.296 slash line with just one home run and five RBI. One of, if not the most clutch Met last year has gone just 2/20 with runners in scoring position. Ramos has just four extra-base hits in 71 at-bats and has just been awful at the plate. Now defensively, it’s been even worse. There was the missed tag in Philadelphia that cost the Mets a win. He has also been awful at getting down and blocking pitches in the dirt, often resorting to his backhand. He doesn’t look like he can play the position anymore and may force Tomas Nido to get more reps behind the plate. Hopefully, he can turn it around, but it’s not looking great. He has a team option after this year which the Mets will certainly not pick up so they don’t have to worry about him after this year.

Grade: F

Steven Matz

Easily my most disappointing Met has been Steven Matz. After all of the injuries in the rotation, Matz was bumped up to the number two starter on opening day. On the second game of the year, Matz pitched very well allowing one run in six innings against the Braves. After that, it’s been a disaster. In the 17 innings he’s pitched since that first start he has allowed 22 runs and is currently sitting with an ERA of 9.00. He has had the same issues this year as he did in the past. He’s allowed nine home runs, most in the league. And what’s even more concerning is he’s continuing to let innings spiral out of control. When something doesn’t go his way, he seems to get angry on the mound and just lose everything. Matz has been so bad to the point where he has been removed from the rotation in favor of Seth Lugo. While I don’t think this was the right decision, I certainly understand it. Hopefully Matz can figure it out in the bullpen and give the Mets something productive.

Grade: F

Billy Hamilton

Forget the fact that he is 1/19 at the plate. Hamilton was not acquired to be a big bat. What he was brought in to do, was to be a threat on the base paths and play a great center field. The reason Hamilton will be getting such an awful grade is because of one game in Philadelphia. He ran the Mets out of the eighth inning in a game they would go on to lose, and that was about as mad as I have been this season. He’s played a solid center field but needs to do more, especially since the Mets gave up their 14th ranked prospect to get him.

Grade: F

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