The New York Mets limped, dazed and confused, into the sunrise on the morning of May 25, 2019. With nearly one-third of the season in the rear view no one really know who, or how good, the team really is.
The Mets are sitting in third place with a record of 24-26 four games behind the National League East leading Philadelphia Phillies. They have been consistently inconsistent through 50 games. Last weekend they were swept by the last-place Marlins. This week they swept the struggling Washington Nationals. Last night, with Noah Syndergaard on the mound, they surrendered nine runs and lost to the Detroit Tigers, one of the worst hitting teams in all of Major League Baseball (ranking 26th with a .224 batting average).
They are getting big hits from castoffs like 38-year old Rajai Davis, 33-year old Carlos Gomez and Aaron Altherr as everyday players Michael Conforto (concussion), Brandon Nimmo (neck), Robinson Cano (quad), Yoenis Cespedes (foot), Jed Lowrie (hamstring) and Jeff McNeil (hamstring) battle injuries. So, how did the Mets respond? They called up more veterans (Davis and Gomez) and signed free agent Matt Kemp and Ervin Santana.
The combination of Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz and Zack Wheeler have combined to start 40 games, compiling a 12-15 record, surrendered 33 home runs and a 4.35 combined ERA. The four pitching horses are averaging 5.8 innings per start. Not bad, not good. Just average.
“One day you go out there and you feel like you have it figured out. You go out there the next day and you feel like you’re just repeating yourself, but you’re not getting the results you want.”
A frustrated Noah Syndergaard on his inconsistent season: pic.twitter.com/hE5IJw5Fz9
— Steve Gelbs (@SteveGelbs) May 25, 2019
The Mets are an enigma — now. But, after the weekend, New York will travel to Los Angeles and Arizona for a true test of their mettle. New York will play four games in Chavez Ravine against the Dodgers, who own the best record in the National League entering Saturday’s schedule (33-18), and three more next weekend against the Diamondbacks.
Who are the Mets? I think we will have a good idea of whether or not the 2019 Mets can hang with the best the National League has to offer.