New York Mets: Mid-Season Report Card

by Thom Cunningham | Posted on Monday, July 15th, 2013
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Matt Harvey

Team: New York Mets

Record: 41-50 (11 GB)

Biggest Surprise of First Half:

Although it’s been a pretty inconsistent year for the Mets, outfielder Marlon Byrd has been having a consistent one himself. Byrd has been swinging the bat hot this season, leading his team in home runs with 15. He is batting an impressive .271 and even leads superstar third baseman David Wright in RBI’s with 51. Byrd has been a great surprise at the plate for this Mets ball club, but the big surprise has been on the mound. Starting pitchers Jeremy Hefner and Dillon Gee have had solid seasons, each with over 80 strikeouts so far. Gee has a complete game notched under his belt this season and Hefner has an impressive 3.33 ERA.

Biggest Disappointment of First Half:

An easy disappointment for the Mets this season has been the play of first baseman Ike Davis. Davis had high expectations as one of the young sluggers of this New York ball club. In 212 at-bats, Davis has only posted 5 home runs to go along with a terrible .165 batting average. Since 2010, Davis’ batting average line has been .264/.302/.227/.165. It’s safe to say that Davis isn’t having the season he or the Mets envisioned.

Team MVP:

There are two high candidates (possibly three if you count Byrd) for the New York mets’ mid-season MVP. Starting with the pitchers, New York’s MVP has been none other than the All-Star Matt Harvey. Harvey has been having a CY Young like season, posting a 7-2 record with a 2.35 ERA. Harvey also leads the National League in strikeouts with 147. In the lineup, the Mets’ MVP is of course David Wright. Wright leads the team in batting average with .302 and has accumulated 13 home runs for his ball club and 39 extra-base hits. Wright has also been walked a total of 49 times, which also leads the Mets.

Prospect Ready to Make an Impact:

Excluding the All-Star Matt Harvey, one prospect ready to make an impact for the Mets is the man they traded Carlos Beltran for, Zack Wheeler. Wheeler has only pitched 28 innings this season, but has recorded a 3-1 record with a 3.54 ERA. Recently, Wheeler has pitched well with only giving up two earned runs in his last two starts. It’s a long career ahead for Wheeler and now that he is starting to get some starts under his belt, his presence will be felt across the league. Look for Harvey and Wheeler to be the two pitching pieces this ball club looks as their franchise players.

Contender or Pretender:

The Mets are obviously pretenders this season. They are in 4th place of a very difficult NL East division and nine games under .500.

Overall Team Analysis:

The Mets have had their fair share of misery this season, but lately they have been playing very competitive baseball. The starting pitching for this team has been above average so far and have the Mets have found a solid closer in pitcher Bobby Parnell. The future looks optimistic for the Mets, but right now they are not serious contenders for postseason play. An interesting stat for this team is their home record compared to their road record. At home the Mets are 10 games under .500 with a 17-27 record. On the road however, the Mets have a pretty impressive 24-23 record. Overall the Mets are playing better than a team 11 games out of first place, but the slow start to the season has hurt them up to this point.

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About the Author

Thom Cunningham has been writing about sports for close to eight years and is also a reporting statistician for Stats, LLC. He was a former Sports editor and radio broadcaster for Georgia Southern University football and baseball games; including work published on sites such as Bleacher Report, Football Nation and CBS Sports. Follow Thom on Twitter @HelloIAMThom

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