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Mets News: Three biggest surprises of the 2021 season so far

Apr 17, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; New York Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor (12) celebrates with left fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) after scoring in the fourth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 17, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; New York Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor (12) celebrates with left fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) after scoring in the fourth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
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Apr 13, 2021; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets pitcher Miguel Castro (50) pitches in the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

Good or bad, the 2021 New York Mets season has already supplied us with some surprises. Whether you predicted them to win 100 games or fall well short of the postseason, you’ve likely gotten a few things wrong.

A lot will change between now and the time the clock ticks to game 162. Early slumps will be a thing of the past. Hot starts will be forgotten completely.

Through the rainouts, snowouts, and the games the Mets have actually gotten to play as scheduled, these are the biggest surprises of the season so far.

The Mets seem to really trust Miguel Castro in high-leverage situations

I’m not going to get too much into specific players on the early surprises this season. Tomas Nido having a triple is certainly a surprise. Brandon Nimmo dominating every pitcher he faces is also a bit of a shock.

The largest surprise of all is how much the Mets seem to like Miguel Castro. He has delivered well for them so it’s not something we can question all that much.

Castro has been Luis Rojas’ favorite man to turn to in games where the Mets have the lead and it’s time to pull the starter. He has been getting the opportunity to pitch those middle innings when the game is on the line and his early performance warrants more of those frames.

Once a guy with the potential to be non-tendered, Castro has become a vital part of the bullpen. His age paired with his potential help to make him one of the more interesting parts of the entire roster. I’m curious to see how long we look at him favorably. Castro doesn’t have an impressive track record. If he can at least be an above-average arm in the exact role he has with the Mets at the moment, consider me satisfied.

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