The New York Mets have looked like they are finally hitting their stride after going 5-1 on the recent homestand. They took two out of three from the best team in baseball, the Tampa Bay Rays, and swept the Cleveland Guardians to improve their record to 25-23.
When you look at their recent success, including their five-game winning streak, you can see two areas where they are getting the most success: the starting pitching and the offense. The Mets' three top starting pitchers, Max Scherzer, Justin Verlander, and Kodai Senga, have looked fantastic during this win streak, and to help them out, the offense has finally awoken.
Pete Alonso has flexed his muscle after homering in 4 of the last six games, and also they have gotten help from the so-called baby Mets as Mark Vientos, Brett Baty, and Fransisco Alvarez are proving they deserve to be on this Mets team and starting every day. However, even though the team's recent success as a whole, there has been one area that might cause you some concern.
Mets bullpen has looked lackluster, which includes their big guns
earlierThe bullpen has been a discussion from the beginning of the season for the Mets after dealing with a significant injury to closer Edwin Diaz and signing some arms to help them out. But during this winning streak, the bullpen isn't helping the team as much as they have earlier.
Adam Ottavino has been the setup man to David Robertson, but in his most recent games, he has struggled. In game one of Sunday's doubleheader against the Guardians, he gave up 3 earned runs, which helped the Guardians come back and take the lead at the time, and last Wednesday against the Rays, he gave up 2ER. His season ERA is 4.82, which is a disappointment from last year's incredible season.
Drew Smith has had a decent year with a 2.76 ERA but has given up a run in his last two outings, including an extra-inning home run in the 9-8 Guardians win on Friday. The other bullpen arm that has been magnificent this year is closer David Robertson. While he had a fantastic year, the one aspect that worries me is his usage.
Roberston has been used in four of the last five games, which might have to do with him giving up a go-ahead 2-run HR to Jose Ramirez in game one on Sunday. However, there is no question that the bullpen needs to be better for the Mets to succeed this season, and they have to look at others to contribute rather than always looking at the big gun in the bullpen.