3 reasons the Mets already feel like April’s Fools

New month, same Mets.

Apr 1, 2024; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) reacts after
Apr 1, 2024; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) reacts after / John Jones-USA TODAY Sports
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April 1 is a day for practical jokes. New York Mets fans have been treated to plenty of pranks so far this season. It continued Monday with a 5-0 loss to the Detroit Tigers which extended the losing streak to 4 games. 

The day commonly known as April Fool’s Day victimized Mets fans more than anyone else. Fool me once, shame on me. Twice, it’s on you. Three times, we both get the blame. What about four?

The problems for this team are collective with plenty of culprits. Why has this ball club become early April Fools?

1) A team built to play defense is making big errors

It’s ridiculous how two of the four losses already have a player who is on the roster for his defense making an egregious error that essentially cost them the game. Saturday’s loss was an early Zack Short flub. On Monday, it was Joey Wendle who debuted and added his name to the mess. Unfortunately for Wendle, his error came in the 10th inning and led to five runs.

Through four games, we can’t really measure defensive metrics too greatly. Other than errors, nothing shows up on the stat sheet. The Mets defenders have already gotten away with a few of those errors being counted as hits.

Without marvelous defense, who are the Mets?

We shouldn’t see these defensive flaws this early in the year. Is it rust? A lack of fundies? Proving the cause isn’t up to the fans. Figuring out a solution is what the Mets need to do.

Bound to make silly mistakes on defense throughout the year, they’ve already proven costly for a team that wasn’t supposed to be this sloppy.