3 biggest Mets winners and 3 biggest losers at the Memorial Day checkpoint

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NY Mets loser: The starting pitching staff

The starting pitchers for the Mets have been below “meh.” Considering our preseason expectations where they were an easy top five rotation, if not number one, it’s a huge shame they haven’t been nearly as good as expected.

Both Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander have seen their share of struggles. Scherzer is 4-2 with a 3.54 ERA after 8 starts and looks like he is headed in the right direction. After 5 starts, Verlander is 2-2 with a 4.80 ERA and coming off of a poor outing against the Colorado Rockies.

The starting staff has an 18-20 record and 5.13 ERA through the team’s first 54 games. The ERA ranks 25th in Major League Baseball. It’s not the only major statistic ranking low. Their walks per nine is the second-worst.

Tylor Megill has seen his ERA balloon up to 4.67 but it’s not nearly as rough as David Peterson’s 8.08 in his 8 crazy starts. Carlos Carrasco, through 5 starts, is at 1-2 with a 6.75 ERA.

What might be one of the more unfortunate numbers is how Kodai Senga is the only guy in the rotation right now with more than a strikeout per inning on average. He does also have the horrendous 5.8 walks per 9.

The Mets can get by with a below-average starting rotation as long as the offense gets hot and the bullpen becomes bulletproof. Do we trust either of those things to happen for a long enough period?

Around all of Major League Baseball, there might not be a more disappointing group of players than the Mets starting staff. Things need to turn around. On Memorial Day, they’re losers. Can they be winners on the Fourth of July?