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Mets: End of April awards for the best and worst of the first month

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 25: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Michael Conforto #30 and Brandon Nimmo #9 of the New York Mets celebrate after defeating the Washington Nationals at Citi Field on April 25, 2021 in New York City. The Mets defeated the Nationals 4-0. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 25: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Michael Conforto #30 and Brandon Nimmo #9 of the New York Mets celebrate after defeating the Washington Nationals at Citi Field on April 25, 2021 in New York City. The Mets defeated the Nationals 4-0. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Mar 4, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (0) delivers a pitch against the St. Louis Cardinals during the third inning at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Mets’ Biggest Surprise: Marcus Stroman and J.D Davis

Picking the biggest surprise performance for April was a toss up between Marcus Stroman and J.D. Davis, and seeing as it’s tough to compare pitchers and hitters, I’ll go ahead and give it to them both.

After sitting out the 2020 season and rejoining the Mets after accepting their qualifying offer, Stroman was coming into the 2021 season as a big question mark, but he has over delivered to begin the year and then some.

With 5 starts under his belt to begin the year, the Long Island native has pitched a total of 29 innings, logging a 1.86 ERA, striking out 23 batters.

His 1.86 ERA in particular is good enough for 8th best in the National League, and far and way out performs his career average of 3.72.

Stroman has really outperformed all expectations Mets fans had for him coming into the season, and if he keeps up these numbers, he could command a very hefty price tag on the free agent market this off-season.

As for JD Davis, after slumping a bit at the plate in 2020 and following an offseason of trade rumors and speculation if the Mets were going to try and replace him at third base, Davis has been one of the top hitters on the team to begin the year.

Davis missed a few games early in the season due to a hand injury, so he has only played in 14 of the Mets’ 20 games. However, when he has played, he has delivered. In 38 at-bats, Davis has hit .395 with a .489 OBP, hitting 2 HR while driving in 6 RBI.

Like Stroman, he has really outperformed  any and all expectations fans had for him coming into 2021, and if he continues to hit this way, despite only being an average defensive player, he’ll likely be a fixture in the Mets lineup going forwards.

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