Somewhere in the offseason or during the preseason the New York Mets decided the 2023 campaign would be a year of playing catchup early. They’ve fallen behind the Atlanta Braves in the National League East. Nobody knows much better than the Mets fan how your spot in the standings in May has little effect on how far you’ll end up going.
With a record-setting payroll and expectations so high up OSHA wouldn’t even approve anyone to climb there to take a peek, the team has gotten off to a slower than desired start. A big reason for it are a couple of disappointing players.
The way the 2023 Mets are performing makes last year’s club feel like overachievers. Even with that in mind, it’s hard to ignore how disappointing the early performances from these four have been.
1) NY Mets pitcher Max Scherzer has been a huge disappointment
Now 2-2 with a 5.56 ERA after 5 starts, maybe the end of Max Scherzer is far nearer than we wanted to believe. He’s coming off of a really good 2022 season that saw him debut with the Mets at 11-5 with a 2.29 ERA.
This year’s problems go beyond durability. Although the increased speed of the game may be hurting him slightly, he has struggled in a variety of areas, enough to the point where we may need to get FEMA involved.
OSHA. FEMA. How can I sneak in a plug for the CDC?
It’s sickening (there was my chance!) to see such a highly respected veteran and all-time great struggle so mightily. He’s walking a ton of batters and not striking many out either. Home runs are flying against him. When does he rip off the mask and reveal this is really Jared Eickhoff?
The recent injury concerns only add fuel to this burning fire. It has been beyond disappointment for what we’ve seen from Scherzer thus far in 2023.