3 troubling Mets trends fans should be concerned about

The Mets are playing better baseball after an 0-5 start, but there are still reasons for fans to worry.
Apr 23, 2024; San Francisco, California, USA; New York Mets pitching coach Jeremy Hefner (right)
Apr 23, 2024; San Francisco, California, USA; New York Mets pitching coach Jeremy Hefner (right) / Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports
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The New York Mets beat the San Francisco Giants Wednesday afternoon to avoid a sweep and close out their West Coast road trip with a respectable 3-3 record. It was a bit of a disappointing finish after taking the first two games from the Los Angeles Dodgers to run their win streak to six games, but Mets fans have to be happy with the team's 13-11 record as we near the end of April.

Carlos Mendoza's group has done well to get back above .500, but with the Braves and Phillies also playing great ball, every flaw is magnified. Can the Mets continue playing well, or have the last few weeks been a mirage? We're about to find out, but for now, let's look at three reasons that Mets fans should be concerned.

1) The top of the Mets lineup isn't hitting

Francisco Lindor did his best to erase his painfully slow start to the season by blasting two home runs and adding two more hits on Wednesday, but one breakout game can't overcome four weeks worth of failure.

Even with his exemplary day at the plate, Lindor is hitting just .206 to start the year, and his struggles have taken up too much of the conversation through the season's first month. He has hit better since Mets fans gave him the Trea Turner treatment by giving him a standing ovation to help him bust out of his slump, but the Mets need more from their $341 million man than a quality glove and a .652 OPS.

Lindor isn't the only Mets star that has had issues at the plate. Brandon Nimmo is close to the league lead with 19 walks, but his bat has been silent for much of the year. Nimmo is below the Mendoza Line with a .186 average, and if you take away his two-homer, five-RBI game over the Braves two weeks ago, he's done virtually nothing with the bat.

It's a testament to the Mets' resilience that they're two games above .500 when two of their biggest stars are performing so badly, so consistently. Starling Marte and Pete Alonso have done their part to keep the top of the order afloat, but they need some help. The baseball season is a long one, and though Lindor's and Nimmo's issues at the top of the order haven't been enough to sink the team, they will if they're not fixed soon.