2 early slumpers we should be concerned about, 1 who will figure it out
By Tim Boyle
Seven games into the season and everyone on the New York Mets either looks too hot, too cold, or just right. We’re at the Goldilocks point of the year where ERAs are inflated, batting averages are sunk, and guys who will be off the roster within weeks look like superstars when you see the numbers.
At 3-4, the Mets have their share of early slumpers. Which ones should we be concerned about most and who should we expect to figure it out?
NY Mets fans should be concerned about the early slump from Eduardo Escobar
Eduardo Escobar is 2 for 20 giving him a .100/.143/.100 slash line. It’s a horrendous start to a season where many fans were willing to give him the benefit of turning things around. He finished last year so strongly. He couldn’t possibly be a bust in 2023.
Things aren’t looking good for the Mets starting third baseman. After a poor spring and WBC performance, he has started off slowly yet again in the regular season. It took him practically the entire 2022 campaign before he began to contribute regularly. Apparently, strong endings don’t carry over to the next film.
If you’ve ever seen The Blue Lagoon starring a young Brooke Shields or read the book of the same name, you may know a good example of this. At the end of the first film, someone asks “Are they dead?” referring to the two main characters floating in the middle of the ocean. The response by one of the shipmates is then “No, sir. They’re asleep.” This sets up a nice conclusion about survival. Unfortunately, the second film and book, The Garden of God, begins with the line, “No, they are dead.”
As it turns out, endings don’t always carry over. It doesn’t look like Escobar’s has.