Early Mets Slumps: Which three are cause for some concern?
By Tim Boyle
Will Trevor May be the shutdown reliever we need?
Relief pitchers can see their numbers fluctuate drastically with one bad outing. Unfortunately for newcomer Trevor May, his debut with the 2021 Mets has already put him in an early hole.
There’s a lot of time to lower the ERA, win the trust of New Yorkers, and make it obvious to everyone that getting outs late in games is more important than streaming on Twitch. Frankly, I’m not sure which is more important to him.
Any mistrust I have in May comes from the same reasons I have concern over McCann. May hasn’t been a brilliant pitcher for more than a handful of years. In fact, he has one very good year as a reliever pitcher with more than 30 innings pitched. This was in 2019 when he tossed 64.1 frames and posted a 2.94 ERA.
May has been a master at striking out batters throughout his career. But this doesn’t always translate into success. Even when Edwin Diaz was struggling he could strike guys out.
Most alarming of all from May’s early stats is the fact that he has two wild pitches already. I don’t think it’s a trend that will necessarily continue. The man isn’t going to average one per inning this year.
May is a bigger question mark than I think many people realized when he was signed. A quick glance at his career numbers and he looks like a guy trending in the right direction. His successful years with the Minnesota Twins were quite limited and quite possibly a poor preview of what he can offer the Mets in 2021.
Having yet to toss a one-two-three inning in his first three games, I’m hopeful we get to see some less dramatic frames from May in the near future.
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Lots of Mets are slumping early on this season. It happens in baseball. I’m not ringing the alarm bells quite yet on anyone. A week into the 2021 season, I’m only at the teeth-gritting phase of worry.