The New York Mets entered the season built on pitching, and ironically their pitching has been their weakest component. After a month of play, the Mets’ team ERA sits at a dreadful 5.21, with the starters (5.09 ERA) and relievers (5.38 ERA) both contributing to the problem. Despite all of their pitching woes, the Mets finished the first full month of the year at 15-14, just a game back of the first place Philadelphia Phillies in the National League East. A lot of the credit for that success goes to the Mets’ offense, which ranks in the top 10 in the major leagues in nearly every major category.
The Mets have faced a true juggernaut of a schedule to date, facing off twice with the Phillies and Washington Nationals and once with three other contenders in the Atlanta Braves, Milwaukee Brewers, and St. Louis Cardinals. The fact that the Mets have survived that brutal stretch, most of which came on the road, with a winning record is a credit to their new look offense. This group isn’t reliant on the home run ball, unlike previous editions of the team, slugging just 34 homers over their first 29 games. These Mets rely more on contact and timely hitting, which has made them even more dangerous going forward.
Nearly everyone had a strong April for the Mets, but their biggest stars were the young guns. Pete Alonso, who made the team out of camp despite service time considerations, is hitting .292 while leading the team in home runs (9) and RBI’s (26). Jeff McNeil seemingly gets two hits a game, leading the Mets in batting average at .370 while playing all over the field. Those two have been the most notable Mets, which overshadowed the solid work out of Michael Conforto (.269/6/14), Robinson Cano (.270/3/11), and Amed Rosario (.274/2/17).