The Mets are yet to win a game post the All-Star break. They've dropped two straight to the last place Pirates.
Mets still lead the NL East by 2.5 games with a 47-42 record despite all the injuries they've endured, especially regarding their pitching staff.
Mets ace Jacob deGrom has been ace like yet again. He leads MLB with a 1.08 ERA to go with a 7-2 record and 146 strikeouts which is second in the league. He's the favorite to win the Cy Young Award. If he does, that would be his third one.
However, deGrom complained of forearm tightness and will miss a start on Monday. He had a MRI and there's no structural damage.
Lindor for the first time this season is on the 10-day IL. Despite his underachieving numbers; 11 HRs 36 RBIs .227, has played a steady second base. He leads the teams in walks, runs scored and in stolen bases. Granted his numbers don't equate or justify his $341 million contract.
As far as hitting, the Mets have struggled. They are currently 24th in MLB with a .231 team batting average. It's their pitching that has carried them. Mets rank 4th best in MLB with a 3.43 ERA.
Mets are low on power. No surprise Pete Alonso leads the team with 17 HRs and 49 RBIs. Will they are acquire either Kris Bryant, 29 (16 HRs 46 RBIs .271) from the Cubs or Josh Donaldson, 35 (13 HRs 35 RBIs .249) from Minnesota. Either one would be your everyday third baseman and both have power.
J.D. Davis just returned to the Mets lineup on Friday and on Saturday (7/17) he had a monster of a game going 3 for 4 with 2 HRs and he drove in 4 runs.
Yes the Mets are seeking another starter for depth and to go for it. The likely acquisitions that won't cost too much in return are Zach Davies, 28 of the Cubs who is 5-6 4.37 or Jon Gray, 29 of the Rockies (6-6 3.77) And yet another alternative is to sign Cole Hamels. The veteran lefty hasn't pitched this year and was shelved early on after signing a 1-year deal with the Braves in 2020. He first hurt his shoulder than came the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hamels who is 37 has a career record of 163 -122 with a 3.43 ERA to go with 2,560 Ks. He is giving a workout, a showcase on Friday, July 16th in Texas. Representatives for the Mets will be in attendance as will be reps for the Yankees, Boston and the Phillies.
Imagine if both Carlos Carrasco and Noah Syndergaard come back and pitch well. Carrasco who the Mets acquired in the Lindor trade is yet to pitch a regular season game. He's been out with a long lingering hamstring injury. He recently made a rehab start. So he's return will be soon barring a setback.
Mets fans were beginning to wonder is Carlos was Jed Lowrie 2.0? As far as Syndergaard, he's was rehabbing from 2020 Tommy John surgery when he was shutdown months ago after complaining of elbow soreness.
Realistically, I see the Mets winning the division. If they were to get Bryant in a trade and if either Syndergaard or Carrasco are good when they come back, the Mets could possibly win it all.
Also with Trevor Bauer of the Dodgers likely to be suspended for a long period of time, possibly the entire season, the Mets pitching staff will be hard to beat in any series.