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New York Mets Hitting Rough Patch Entering June

by Glenn Kaplan
by Glenn Kaplan

The New York Mets baseball season is starting to sink after they had a 10-2 start to the 2018 season. Their record is 27-27 and they are in fourth place in the National League East. They should have a better record, but that's not the case. The bullpen has blown at least three games for the New York Mets so far in 2018 and that's one of the reasons why the ship is sinking.

New York is five games back of the Atlanta Braves for first place in the division. The Mets are four games back of the Philadelphia Phillies for the second wild card spot in the National League.

The Mets have 26 games in the month of June, including a three-game set at home next weekend against the New York Yankees. They only have four division games this month. Two games at the Atlanta Braves and two games at the Miami Marlins.

The Mets need to win 15-20 games this month. If they don't, the Mets will continue to sink in the standings. New York had high expectations once again heading into the season. It seems like they crumble when they are expected to be good.

The Mets traded Matt Harvey to the Cincinnati Reds for catcher Devin Mesoraco. He has a .222 batting average with five homeruns and 10 RBI's with the Mets.

There are a few Mets players that are currently on the disabled list: Todd Frazier (hamstring), Juan Lagares (toe, done for season), Yoenis Cespedes (hip), Noah Syndergaard (finger), A.J. Ramos (shoulder strain), and Wilmer Flores (back).

The Mets miss Cespedes presence. His batting average is .255 with eight homeruns and 28 RBI's, along with three stolen bases. Todd Frazier is expected to rehab this weekend. Frazier's batting average is .237 with five homeruns and 21 RBI's, along with three stolen bases. If his rehab goes well this weekend with Triple-A Las Vegas, maybe he will be back sometime next week either against the Baltimore Orioles or the New York Yankees.

Noah Syndergaard has a 4-1 record with 3.06 ERA. In 64.2 innings pitched, he gave up 63 hits and 25 runs. Syndergaard has given up 13 walks and struck out 76. Wilmer Flores has a .248 batting average with three homeruns and 13 RBI's. A.J. Ramos has a 2-2 record with a 6.41 ERA. In 19.2 innings pitched, he gave up 17 hits and 14 runs. Ramos walked 15 batters and struck out 22. Juan Lagares had a .339 batting average with six RBI's and three stolen bases. The Mets miss his presence in the outfield defensively.

Asdrubal Cabrera could be in consideration for the all-star game this season. He has a .304 batting average with 10 homeruns and 34 RBI's. Brandon Nimmo has found his groove as an outfielder. He has a .287 batting average with six homeruns and 12 RBI's, along with five stolen bases. Michael Conforto has a .242 batting average with six homeruns and 15 RBI's, along with two stolen bases.

Adrian Gonzales has a .261 batting average with six homeruns and 24 RBI's. General Manager Sandy Alderson signed Jose Bautista to a one-year deal earlier in the month. Bautista has a .303 batting average with two RBI's.

Jacob DeGrom has been the Mets best starting pitcher during the 2018 season and he will most likely head to the All-Star Game this season. DeGrom has a 4-0 record with a 1.52 ERA. In 65.1 innings pitched, he gave up 47 hits and 12 runs. DeGrom has walked 19 batters and struck out 85.

In the Mets 4-1 win on Wednesday Night, Mets manager Mickey Callaway decided to pitch Jeurys Familia the eighth inning and Robert Gsellman in the ninth inning. Is this a sign of things to come in the future for the Mets?

It wouldn't be a bad thing because Familia has blown four saves already for the Mets this season. He has 14 saves in 18 tries. His record is 2-2 with a 2.08 ERA. In 26 innings pitched, Familia has given up 20 hits and six runs. He has walked eight batters and struck out 31.

Robert Gsellman has a 5-1 record with a 3.38 ERA. In 34.2 innings pitched, he has given up 31 hits and 14 runs. Gsellman has walked 15 batters and struck out 31. Steven Matz needs to step up for the Mets. He has a 2-3 record with a 3.55 ERA. In 45.2 innings pitched, Matz has given up 37 hits and 24 runs. He has walked 21 batters and struck out 41.

This is a make it or break it month for the New York Mets. If they continue to fall in the standings, then we will be talking about next month which players might be traded come the July trade deadline and the future of general manager Sandy Alderson.

This article was originally published on @gk18