By: Noah Wright
We see teams decide to “go for it”, and add tons of pieces to their team in hopes of making the playoffs. Sometimes, it doesn't always work. See the 2015 San Diego Padres when they acquired Craig Kimbrel, Matt Kemp, Justin Upton, Wil Myers, Derek Norris, James Shields, and Yangervis Solarte. They finished with a 74-88 record, and missed the playoffs. Sometimes, teams overhaul their roster, and it fails.
The Mets did add tons of pieces to their roster, and it looks to be working so far. They’re off to a 6-3 start to the season, and most of their off season acquisitions are paying dividends. Edwin Diaz is unscored upon through his first 3 and two thirds innings. Justin Wilson has given up just 1 earned run through 5 and two thirds innings as well. Keon Broxton, while his slugging % is just .408, he is getting on base, and hitting the ball well with a .308/.400 BA/OBP. Though they did acquire J.D. Davis to play a bench role, he is doing very well as the everyday 3B until Jed Lowrie is healthy. Davis has posted a .280/.357/.600 line with 2 home runs in his first 28 plate appearances of 2019. After having their offer turned down by Yasmani Grandal, the Mets decided to go after Wilson Ramos. While his defense isn’t as sharp as it usually is, he is batting very well with a .400/.419/.433 line in 31 PA’s.
Even though most of their big gets during the off season are doing well, there’s a few that aren’t performing to expectations. One of the pieces the Mets acquired in the Edwin Diaz trade, veteran 2B, Robinson Cano has only 8 hits through 40 plate appearances. Two of his 8 hits have been long balls, but he currently only has a .610 OPS. He also has been receiving negative numbers at second as well. The team resigned Jeurys Familia after they traded him near the deadline in 2018, and he’s struggled in his first 5 innings of work. He’s given up 3 earned run in his return to NY.
Outside of some of the new arrivals struggling, some of their homegrown pieces are struggling as well. Brandon Nimmo is off to a slow start, as is Amed Rosario. Zack Wheeler has given up 11 earned runs in 9 and two thirds innings.
I don’t think this is going to be a 2015 Padres situation with the Mets. They have a handful of internal talent that’s blossoming. That includes the likes of 1B Pete Alonso, starters Steven Matz and Jacob Degrom, RF Michael Conforto, and infielders Jeff McNeil and Dom Smith. Eventually, Zack Wheeler, Nimmo, and Rosario will come around. However, even if they don’t, the Mets have a handful of talent on the bench, and talent that will eventually come off the DL to help support this Mets team.