There has been a lot wrong with the New York Mets this season and it seems this year's team is the total opposite of what worked for last year's team. While many veterans on the team are battling amongst career-low numbers, there is one ugly statistic out there that defines the Mets season as a whole for the most part.
The Mets are currently in the bottom half of the league in team ERA with an unsightly ERA of 4.49 that ranks 22nd in the entire league. What makes this number even harder to swallow is the amount of money and resources that the front office has put into the team's pitching staff and the depth they had built both in the rotation and in the bullpen. Arguably the Mets came into this season with one of the deepest pitching staffs in all of baseball.
As the Mets enter the month of June their pitching struggles continue to rear their ugly head
For most of the season, the Mets have barely gotten any length out of their starters, which has burned out most of the bullpen by Memorial Day. The Mets also always seem to be playing from behind as their starters get into trouble in the first inning and put the offense in a position to play catch up from the very start of the game.
When your team's starters are barely making it out of the fourth or fifth inning consistently, you begin to expose your relievers more than you would like, which has led most of the bullpen to falter in many big spots. Outside of closer David Robertson, who has stepped up admirably, the bullpen for the most part has been completely underwhelming.
While there are other numerous areas to point fingers at as to why the Mets have been a giant disappointment, I believe the struggles of many of the Mets pitchers early on in the season have cost the Mets many crucial games the previous two months. With recent strong starts from both Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer, we can only hope they can lead a turnaround for this entire pitching staff as we dive into the month of June.