NY Mets: 3 observations we all made from the first 3 months of 2021
The defense is good and this team has some quality gloves we can trust to make more than the routine plays
A mission of the front office this offseason, among other things, was to improve the defense up the middle. The two big moves to do this brought Lindor to play shortstop and James McCann to catch. Both have done a wonderful job with the glove. Amazingly, it has been a little contagious.
Dominic Smith’s growth as a good left fielder has surprised me a lot. I’m beginning to think he’s capable of doing anything asked of him. It’s just a shame he hasn’t been able to find his stroke at the plate to pair with his season in the field.
It’s a little tough to really judge too many other players on defense because of all of the injuries. Alonso looks better at first base and does deserve a round of applause for it. Members of the bench mob, when called upon to play regularly, have also flashed leather and helped save games with their defense.
This is a much different Mets team than we’ve gotten accustomed to seeing in recent seasons. They aren’t sitting back and waiting for a three-run home run. Instead, they win baseball games based on elite starting pitching, very good relief outings, and a handful of runs squeezed out by the offense.
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If this season was a play, only the first act would be over. We have three more months for the Mets to do what they do well just as good and the same amount of time for them to figure out how to strengthen where they are weak.