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.