Poll: Which Mets performance would you like to see most for 162 games?

We know all the negatives. There’s the shaky defense, the less than stellar bullpen, the surprising lack of power and the struggles with RISP. But there’s been some good things, real good things happening. We take Jacob deGrom’s magnificence for granted but he’s been good, even for him. James McCann has been a great defensive upgrade behind the plate, as has Francisco Lindor at shortstop. Jonathan Villar has had a really strong start, as has Luis Guillorme. Hopefully the first three things last. And if the latter two don’t, well, that won’t exactly make or break the season.

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Poll: Are the Mets right with the conservative handling of Jacob deGrom?

Somewhere back in the 1980s Bill James said that throughout MLB history, we’ve asked catchers to do more and more and pitchers to do less and less. With catchers, you have to think that improved protective equipment plays a big role in that, along with fewer doubleheaders. The 1969 Mets played 22 doubleheaders. Last year it seemed the Mets played a bunch of twinbills and they only played four.

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Poll: Are you comfortable with Steven Matz in the Opening Day rotation?

Last year, Steven Matz had a terrific Spring Training. In Grapefruit League play in 2020, Matz put up a 1.50 ERA, as he allowed just two hits and one run in six innings, while fanning five without allowing a walk. But he was unable to bring his strong results into the regular season. In fact, Matz had his worst year as a pro last season, as he put up a 9.68 ERA and a 1.696 WHIP. The biggest black mark against Matz was that he allowed 14 HR, which worked out to a ghastly 4.1 HR/9 mark.

The Mets tendered Matz a contract in his last season before becoming eligible for free agency. And now the Mets are in limbo. Do they trust a rotation slot to a guy who was horrible last year? Do you send a guy making $5 million plus to the pen to be a low-leverage long man? Why would you go to Spring Training and have him “earn” a rotation slot, given how last year went? Should we have faith that a normal Spring Training and regular season will result in Matz being a league-average starter, much like what he was in 2018-19? Will a new catcher, one he’s worked with before in the offseason, help Matz get back on track? Or is he destined to throw too many pitches middle-middle that end up being crushed?

There’s an awful lot of questions without much hope of getting a good answer before the games start for real.

Are you comfortable with Steven Matz opening the year in the rotation?

  • No (70%, 32 Votes)
  • Yes (30%, 14 Votes)

Total Voters: 46

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Poll: Which area do the Mets have to address by Opening Day?

We’ve seen a little bit of clarity with the moves that the Mets have made so far. The rotation got a needed boost when Marcus Stroman accepted the Qualifying Offer and the team addressed the catching situation with the signing of James McCann. But there are still several positions or areas to address. You could make a case for needing two starting pitchers, a third baseman and a center fielder. And if Dellin Betances, Brad Brach, Jeurys Familia and Drew Smith don’t fill you with optimism – you could add a relief pitcher, too. It feels odd to have a solid one-two punch at the head of the rotation, a closer with elite stuff – if not always elite results – and a potent offense and still feel like there are so many question marks.

The question has been asked many times about which guy you want the team to acquire. But as we saw with J.T. Realmuto, sometimes the issue gets solved without getting the best guy on the market. Which brings us to today’s poll question.

Which scenario would you find most disappointing on Opening Day?

  • Steven Matz in the rotation (42%, 20 Votes)
  • Brandon Nimmo starting in CF (42%, 20 Votes)
  • J.D. Davis starting at 3B (17%, 8 Votes)

Total Voters: 48

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