Tyrone Taylor and the quest for more playing time

One of the pleasant surprises of the 2024 season so far has been the play of Tyrone Taylor. When the Mets acquired him from the Brewers, the thought was that he was a strong fourth outfielder, one who could play all three outfield positions and be above-average defensively. Additionally, while a RHB, he did not [...]

Francisco Lindor’s odd start to the season

Note: All stats in this article include games through the Mets’ April 24th, 2024 game against the Giants. It would be an understatement to call the start of the Mets’ 2024 season uneven and unexpected, and perhaps no other aspect of their overarching team performance illustrates that better than what’s been going on with their [...]

Brett Baty and when the Mets should move to Plan B at third base

Everything with Brett Baty is a small sample. But coming into this season, one of my beliefs was that the Mets needed to be less reliant on “small sample!” and instead look to pull the plug sooner on guys who didn’t get the job done. My hope is that no one on the club would [...]

How Harrison Bader, Jeff McNeil and Brandon Nimmo have the same OPS

If before the season started you were told the 2024 Mets would be 12-8 at the 20-game mark, you might have been mildly surprised but it would have been believable. Yet, if you were told that they would start out 0-5 and play nothing but teams over .500 in this 20-game stretch, including three in [...]

A look at the Mets’ offense in the last 11 games, which has led to eight wins

All during the offseason, we heard management say that the 2024 Mets would be in contention for a Wild Card spot. With an offseason spent more focused on short-term deals and future flexibility, that talk seemed optimistic. Yet three weeks into the season, that’s essentially what’s been accomplished. While if the playoffs started today, the [...]

The Mets’ pitching rotation is producing good results

Before the 2024 season began, I think it is safe to say starting pitching was not expected to be a team strength for the New York Mets. The headline starters from the 2023 season, Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer, had been shipped elsewhere prior to the end of last season. No big-name starters were signed [...]

Do the Mets sign Alonso long-term now or let him walk?

There continues to be a debate over whether 29-year-old Pete Alonso should remain a member of the Mets, especially with his less than stellar start to the 2024 season.  While he has ramped up his hitting game this last week, including a bunch of long balls that left him one HR off the MLB lead [...]

Mets hold their own while playing a challenging schedule

In all professional sports leagues, the conventional wisdom is to play .500 versus the good teams and then clean up against the bad teams. But does it work? Here are the MLB teams that essentially played .500 versus teams who were .500 and above last year and how they fared overall: Teamvs. .500+PCTOverallPlayoffs Rays48-44.52299-63Yes Phillies47-43.52290-72Yes [...]