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Takeaways From The Mets First Four Games of The Season (All Losses)

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The New York Mets fans are in a state of panic!

Well that is what some Mets fans are probably thinking, after the team dropped their first four games of the season to the Milwaukee Brewers and the opening series game against the Detroit Tigers.

Here are a few takeaways from the season so far and a summary at the end, with my look into it all.

BATTING AVERAGES

Both Brandon Nimmo and Francisco Lindor, 1 & 2 in the Mets lineup are batting .063 (1 for 16) on the young season. Jeff McNeil has a slightly better average at .083 (1 for 12) and Harrison Bader is batting .200 (2 for 10).

EXTRA BASES

The Mets as a team have four players with at least one extra base, Pete Alonso (HR), Francisco Alvarez (2 Doubles, HR), Starling Marte (Double, HR), Brett Baty (HR).

TOP HITTERS

Francisco Alvarez is batting .429 (6 for 14), with three runs scored, HR, RBI. Starling Marte is batting .357 (5 for 14, with three runs scored, Double, HR, RBI).

STARTING ROTATION

Three of the five starters have all started the season with a loss, but of the three, Luis Severino got lit up the most.  In his first start as a Met, he tossed five innings, allowing six runs on 12 hits, HR, no walks and struck out six batters. The other two losses were given to Jose Quintana (4.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, HR, 2 BB, 4Ks) and Tylor Megill (4 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 Ks).

GREATER LOSS

Tylor Megill, who was supposed to be a bright spot for the Mets in 2024, but was placed in the IL after he felt discomfort throwing a curveball to begin the fourth inning of his season opener. He will be out five to seven days and then be reevaluated.

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BRIGHT SPOTS

Francisco Alvarez has hit safely in three of the four games and he looks to be squaring up the ball well and hitting on the sweet spot of the bat.

In two relief appearances each, Edwin Diaz and Brooks Raley, have not allowed a run nor a hit, in two innings of work, with three strikeouts. Drew Smith has also helped out of the pen, by tossing 2.1 innings of shutout baseball, allowing one hit, walk and has three strikeouts.

Sean Manaea had the best outing of any of the starters as he allowed one hit, in six shutout innings, walking two and striking out eight. In his outing, he actually pitched into the top of the sixth and with two outs had a no hitter going before Andy Ibanez broke it up with a single to left field. The inning ended as the Mets threw out a runner at the plate attempting to score on the play.

SUMMARY

It seems like the Mets are waiting for J.D. Martinez to arrive before they turn it on, because at this point the offense is horrible. Also not to mention Manager Carlos Mendoza messing with the batting order by putting Tyrone Taylor as the cleanup hitter in the second game of the season. Normally that spot is left for a power hitter or someone that is known for driving in runs, and Taylor is not that guy.

In the first game they mustered just one hit and also one run, all  from a Marte home run. In game two, they rebounded and actually scored six runs on 12 hits, but Severino just didn’t have it.

The offense is just sputtering with no end in sight, and even if Martinez is their savior, he will have to be a huge spark to get everyone in on the fun.

The Mets are trying to find their identity under their new skipper, but they better act fast as owner Steve Cohen will not allow the season to slip away in April, especially with how strong the Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies are this season.

With the game postponed on Tuesday, New York will send fifth starter Adrian Houser to the mound on Wednesday night and hopefully his spring training numbers is not any indication of what’s to come as he tossed 12 innings, allowing seven runs on nine hits in four starts to a tune of 5.25 ERA.  The one bright spot is that he can strike people out as he recorded 14 in 12 spring innings.

The clock has started on Mendoza as Mets fans are very impatient and the hope is that this season is not lining up to match any of the prior that have resulted in a .500 performance.  A fan base looking for a better ending then 2023 will not tolerate a losing season before the season really gets started.

David is the Co-Founder and Executive Editor of Legends On Deck®, as well as a Co-Host on Legends On Deck Podcast. David was a Senior Editor for MetsMerizedOnline.com, MetsMinors.net and Contributor for Hardballchat.com that spanned from 2010 to 2014. David made his MLB Debut as a writer in June 2014, while covering the NY Mets at Citi Field, for MetsmerizedOnline.com. David also coaches baseball for ages 13-15, a Babe Ruth League team in his local community. David's passion is coaching the game he loves to the future Legends of Tomorrow as well as making available a website that people can have fun sharing and reading. David is also passionate about his career as a Mortgage Loan Officer which allows him to help many families reach their dreams of owning a home. Connect with David via his Social Media pages as he loves to chat all about baseball.

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