It was a good start to the regular season for the New York Mets as they took three out of four from the Miami Marlins down in South Beach. There were some storylines in this series like Max Scherzer making his first Opening Day start as a member of the Mets, Mark Canha having a big day with the bat in game three, and Japanese star starting pitcher Kodai Senga making his first major league start.
Plus, the offense definitely showed some flashes with the bat with players like Brandon Nimmo and Pete Alonso having good days with the bat during the series as well. Despite the good pitching and batting and with a 3-1 record, there are still some players on this Mets ball club that have to step up and play a lot better in their next series against Milwaukee Brewers.
1) Mets third baseman Eduardo Escobar needs to have a better series
This one is a no-brainer, Eduardo Escobar's series against the Marlins was a disaster and he needs to play a lot better with the emergence of Brett Baty. In the four games he played this past weekend, Escobar went one for 16 at the plate with seven strikeouts at the plate good enough for a .063 batting average to begin the season. Mets fans are not patient and with the Spring Training that Brett Baty had and with his hot start in Triple-A to begin this season, Eduardo Escoabar's days as a Met may be numbered. But, that can all change if he has a bounce-back series against Milwaukee.
2) Mets DH Daniel Vogelbach needs to have a better series
With the Mets DH spot already a little shaky, the Mets presumptive starting designated hitter needs to play a lot better. Yes, that's Daniel Vogelbach. Vogelbach only went one for six at the plate over the weekend in Miami and that one hit was a pop fly that Marlins outfielder Jazz Chisholm missed played.
Vogelbach must have a much better series against his old team with the Mets designated hitter spot not as consistent as other MLB teams. He did not contribute much on offense in this series as the Mets had hoped and we will see if he gets extended playing time in this upcoming series with the Brewers.
3) Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor needs to have a better series
Francisco Lindor is looking to build off his strong 2022 season where he hit 26 home runs and had 107 RBI which was good for the most by a Mets shortstop in franchise history. This series against the Marlins was not the start I don't think he wanted.
In the four games he started, Lindor only had two hits in 11 at-bats with just one run batted in on a sacrifice fly he had on Opening Day with five strikeouts. Even though were are only four games in, Lindor did not look sharp at the plate and there is still time for him to be a lot better offensively the rest of the way.