3) The Mets will not make the postseason
Now that the fun of discussing Brandon Nimmo’s hot start is over, it’s time to get down to the less exciting. So far, the Mets just don’t look like a team that can compete in a crowded NL East.
The Phillies look like a juggernaut so far, with a vastly improved bullpen and pitching staff to back their strong hitting. Since getting swept by the Phillies to start the season, the Braves are 4-1 and look like a team ready to make another deep run into the Postseason. The 2-6 Marlins aren’t great; but are still the feisty team that made the Postseason in 2021.
There’s just too much competition in the division right now. The backup they brought in during the offseason to help them separate themselves from the pack isn’t looking great so far. Francisco Lindor is hitting just .176 AVG, and the Mets as a team are scoring just 3.2 runs per game, 28th in the MLB.
That’s not new to the Mets starting pitching, though. It’s a recurring problem.
Just like it’s always been, the Amazin’s starting pitching is their only clear strength. deGrom and Marcus Stroman are as talented as a one-two punch as you can get in the MLB, and Taijuan Walker had a great start to his career in Queens, giving up 2 runs in 6 innings against the Marlins. Noah Syndergaard and Carlos Carrasco will be rejoining the rotation soon, and if they are close to what they were before their injuries, the Mets may have the best pitching staff in baseball.
The problem is that the Mets have no run support to back them. It’s been that way for a while now, and it seems like it hasn’t changed.
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Without competent hitting, the Mets are going to be wasting outstanding performances from their pitchers all year long. That’s no way to win a division.