6 positives in a Mets season full of despair

The Mets are not where they want to be at the All-Star break, but there have been some silver linings as the team prepares to make a run in the second half.
Jul 5, 2023; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; New York Mets catcher Francisco Alvarez celebrates with teammate
Jul 5, 2023; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; New York Mets catcher Francisco Alvarez celebrates with teammate / Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
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3) Tommy Pham and David Robertson have been the Mets' two most consistent free agent additions

If someone had told you before the season that Tommy Pham would lead the Mets in OPS, you'd think they were crazy. Yet here we are, with Pham absolutely raking. The journeyman outfielder has secured himself regular playing time, plus a trip up the batting order as the Mets have looked for a spark.

Pham has been good all year, but he was scorching in June, putting up a .349 average and a 1.029 OPS. As the Mets struggled all month, it often seemed like Pham was single-handedly giving them chances to win, hitting the ball hard nearly every time up. His inspired play has relegated Mark Canha to more of a platoon role, something that figures to continue barring any moves at the trade deadline.

When Edwin Diaz went down with a freak injury in the World Baseball Classic, it was a killer blow to the Mets chances this season. Diaz is irreplaceable, the best reliever in the game, but David Robertson has done all Mets fans could ask and more in filling his shoes. In 36 appearances, he's accrued a sterling 2.06 ERA, and he's been the one truly reliable piece in a Mets bullpen that has struggled mightily to hold leads.

Like Pham, Robertson will be another interesting name at the trade deadline as teams look for veteran help. If the Mets become sellers, these two are at the top of the list of players that could be on the move, as they are quality veterans that don't necessarily have a long term future in Queens.