Maybe your New York Mets expectations haven’t been reached this year. Through 50 games, they’re not 50-0 like some people demanded. Having recently turned a corner only two drop two straight against the Chicago Cubs, they’re a .500 baseball club with strengths and weaknesses. Fans can fairly argue there are more of the latter.
Some players are having productive campaigns where they’ve contributed in big ways without all of the numbers to back it up. Pete Alonso and Francisco Lindor are driving in runs even if their batting averages aren’t pretty. Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander are headed in the right direction as well.
What about everyone else? It’s these two players who seem to have exceeded what we thought they would do and these other two coming up short.
NY Mets closer David Robertson has exceeded expectations
Nobody has stepped up more than David Robertson this year. Knowing Edwin Diaz would be out all year has ignited something in Robertson to be his absolute best for the Mets whether he’s pitching in the ninth or any other inning Buck Showalter needs him.
Robertson is 2-0 with a 1.27 ERA in 21.1 innings of work this season. He has saved 8 games for the Mets and is arguably their only realistic All-Star candidate at the moment.
Expectations for Robertson were varied coming into the season. Originally intended to be more of a setup man and occasional closer, he is getting the bulk of those opportunities. He has earned every one of them.
Through 50 games, the closer spot has been of little concern. If the Mets get to the ninth inning with the lead and Robertson is on the hill, it’s easy street for New York.