The 2021 New York Mets season has been one of the strangest ones I can remember. They have had 11 postponements due to rain, snow, and a COVID outbreak. There was also a point when the Mets had 17 players on the injured list. Despite all the adversity, the Mets ahead of everyone else in the division The rest of the division has dealt with injury issues as well and some teams have underperformed.
While the Mets have a good record, I do believe the team has overperformed a bit.
The Mets have not faced much difficult competition, and when they have, they did not perform well. But, there have been many bright spots.
The pitching has been unbelievable. Taijuan Walker, a guy the Mets signed just before Spring Training to fill out the rotation, is 4-2 with a 2.17 ERA in his 10 starts. Marcus Stroman has a 2.66 ERA in his 11 starts. And of course, Jacob deGrom has allowed a total of four earned runs in his eight starts.
The bullpen also has been unbelievable. Miguel Castro has turned into a reliable setup man for Edwin Diaz. Trevor May for the most part has been the same. Aaron Loup has been better than I expected. Guys like Sean Reid-Foley and Robert Gsellman are giving the Mets very quality length. And Jeurys Familia has looked like the 2015-2016 Familia that was dominant.
The pitching is why the Mets are currently in first place, but with a hard schedule coming up and none of the big bats like Michael Conforto, Jeff McNeil, Brandon Nimmo, and J.D. Davis close to returning, the Mets might have to make some moves to help.
The trade deadline is still a little less than two months away, but there’re some intriguing names I think might be available that would provide some much-needed help to a banged-up team.