Jay Bruce is off to a noticeably hot start. Three games into the season, Bruce is 8th in the league in On-Base Plus Slugging, at 1.316. OPS is a respectable way to measure a player like Bruce, as it takes into account the ability to get on base and hit for power.
Here’s the not so great things. First, Bruce has been a mess in the outfield. There have already been a couple of instances in which his poor defensive ability has costed the Mets. Moving forward, Bruce has looked great at the plate, yet we can’t overvalue the beginning of the season; this being said, he was the league leader in RBIs last season, then slowed down immensely when he landed in Queens.
After the steady performance on opening day, Hansel Robles collapsed in game two verse the Braves. He allowed the game tying run, taking away the opportunity for Jacob deGrom to get the win. In addition, he left the bases loaded before Jerry Blevins was able to come in and save the day.
In the 12th inning both teams were down to their last pitchers. With this, the Mets had to rely on Rafael Montero to get some work in. Unfortunately, he couldn’t hold down the fort, allowing two runs, and ultimately costing the Mets the game.
The Mets have used the arms from the pen many times this season so far. Even though they costed the Mets the game, they still held strong in the other two. Additionally, you can’t neglect the hitting slump that took place in the loss; the bullpen can only hold for so long. They have only given up three runs in 8.2 innings pitched. We’ll see how they pan out from here.
Welp. Game 2. Bullpen sucks and I'm angry. Feels good to be back.
— KFC (@KFCBarstool) April 6, 2017
The Catchers are Hitting
Let’s revisit this in a week, then we’ll talk.
Starting Pitching On Point
Although it was only spring, you can the tell the pitching staff were showing promising signs. With that said, how much can you value spring training? Following the first series, it seems the Spring wasn’t a fluke after-all (for the time being at least).
Carrying over from the Spring, the big three for Mets have had phenomenal starts. In 18.2 IP, the starting pitchers have given up a combined two runs.
Noah Syndergaard started off opening day on the right note, allowing zero runs in 6.0 IP. Thor hammered down several batters as he finished with seven strikeouts.
Jacob deGrom followed up on Wednesday mirroring Syndergaard’s 6.0 IP and zero runs allowed. Additionally, Degrom only allowed three runners on base all game.
The Dark Knight Rises is an understatement. Although Matt Harvey’s two earned runs are the only allowed by the trio, he got through 6.2 innings with only throwing 77 pitches. Ironically, Harvey is the only pitcher of the three who was awarded a win. Nevertheless, clean shaven Harvey was smooth sailing the entire game. With Manager Terry Collins being pre-cautious with the starters thus far, you can understand why he was taken out so early.
Next time around, we can look forward to see if the bunch can follow up the promising start.
Yoenis Cespedes is Still the Goat
Just listen to his walk up music: