Look, the 2021 MLB season did not start as planned for the New York Mets. The team has already seen a series canceled due to COVID-19 protocols, as well as multiple rain delays. In essence, things have literally not gone according to schedule.
At the same time, there has not been this much excitement and confidence from the team and fanbase in years. The Mets have a brand-new owner, an extremely deep and talented roster, and have started off the year well even with the scheduling setbacks. After all, with a 5-3 record, the Mets sit in first place atop the tough National League East division.
The Mets start is attributed to a handful of things. First, the starting pitching has been phenomenal. Jacob deGrom is off to a hot start as he looks for a third Cy Young award in four years. Between him, Marcus Stroman, Taijuan Walker, and David Peterson, the Mets starting pitchers have an earned run average of 2.14 through eight games.
As for the offense, Brandon Nimmo has been lighting it up out of the gate, taking 16 total bases in his first 28 at-bats. The duo of Pete Alonso and Dominic Smith has produced three home runs and 11 RBIs so far too. Even the big off-season additions of Francisco Lindor and James McCann have been heating up of late.
In order to contend, the New York Mets need these three players to improve their play as soon as possible.
Nevertheless, there are always improvements to be made, as the Mets are not perfect. Despite a small sample size, this team is far from being taken seriously as a World Series contender. In order to get there, the Mets need these three players to improve as soon as possible…