The New York Mets are off to a fantastic start to the season as they signed one of the best pitchers this off-season in Max Scherzer. Max Scherzer a 37-year-old ace, who has been elected as an all-star for the past eight years. Having him pitch as well as Jacob Degrom creates the best one-two pitching duos in the league.
Despite Max Scherzer having been out for most of this season, the New York Mets have still been able to have great success. The other key additions they made this offseason were the following players: Starling Marte (outfielder), Mark Canha (outfielder), and Eduardo Escobar (third baseman).
How are they playing so far this season?
Starling Marte has won the Golden Glove award twice in his career, in the 2015 and 2016 seasons. He also had a batting average of .310 last season. So far this year Marte is batting .282 with 44 runs, 67 hits, 7 home runs, and 35 RBIs. He has been a great player in the Met’s success so far.
Mark Canha played his seven seasons prior with the Oakland Athletics earning the name as a clutch hitter. This season Cahna has batted a solid .292 with 32 runs, 56 hits, 5 home runs, and 27 RBIs.
Eduardo Escobar is an elite infielder who can play both second and third base. In Escobars all-star season with the Diamondbacks, he was able to rake in 28 home runs and 90 RBIs. This year he is batting .230 with 29 runs, 55 hits, 5 home runs, and 28 RBIs.
All these plays have boosted the New York Met’s offense as well as the defense especially compared to last season.
The 2021 season
The 2021 season was an extremely disappointing season for all Mets fans. In that offseason fans were extremely excited after signing the all-star shortstop, Fransico Lindor. The New York Mets were able to rank first in the NL east through the first three months of the season.
Despite starting hot the team was only able to finish with a 40-48 record at the time of the all-star break. Due to many injuries, especially one to Jacob Degrom, their star pitcher, the Mets finished with a record of 77-85.
Also due to their poor offense, they struggled to bring in runs. They became the first team in MLB history to lead a division for more than three months, yet finish with a losing record. New York Mets fans will say they are not surprised by this outcome as they are disappointed every season.
The 2022 season
Currently, the New York Mets have the second-best record in the league and the best record in the NL East. Right now they have a 45-24 record and are 5.5 games ahead of the defending champ Atlanta Braves.
The New York Mets offense has been clicking on all cylinders led by MVP candidate Pete Alonso who is having a career year. Alonso has had 70 hits this season with 19 of them being homers.
Fransisco Lindor is also having a solid season with 64 hits and 11 home runs. The league needs to watch out if the Mets can continue their success, especially without their two best pitchers in Jacob Degrom and Max Scherzer.
The question is will they be able to?