Mets And Harvey Looking Great So Far
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Tuesday April 16, 2013
By Ryan Ritchey (Baseball Writer): Follow @BaseballAddicts
The Mets are off to 7-4 start – and the pitching is proving to be a huge factor so far this season.
Matt Harvey is leading the charge with three wins and an 0.82 ERA. He also has 25 Strikeouts in only 22 Innings! He is showing everyone that he wants to be an “ACE” on this staff.
He is Arbitration Eligible after this season and should be expecting a huge paycheck if he keeps pitching like he is right now. Mets have a bright future with Harvey and that is always a great thing for a franchise.
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Buck isn’t known for his offense but he is showing everyone he can hit. Four of his last five hits have been Home Runs which makes me think he strikes out a lot – which he does. He drawn one walk this season and has Struck out five times.
Along with Buck the Mets have All-Star David Wright. Wright started out hot in the World Baseball Classic until he went down with a back injury. He had to miss the end of Spring Training because of the injury – but that didn’t stop him from getting off to a hot start. Wright is hitting a slash line of .293/.408/.415 with 3 Doubles, a Triple and 9 RBI.
Lucas Duda is another surprise coming out of New York. Duda has eight hits on the season with three of them being Home Runs. It just shows that if you want to win the whole team has to contribute. He is also drawing a good amount of Walks with 9 in only 11 games. If he can stay consistent the Mets will look to compete in the National League East.
The Mets like anyone else look for power from their First Baseman but they just aren’t getting it from their First Baseman Ike Davis. Davis is off to a slow start only hitting .125 with 1 Home Run. He did hit 32 HR last season after a slow start. The Mets would like to get that again with the pitching that they have this season.
I see Davis picking it up as he has in the past. It just might be that he is overall a slow starter. There are plenty of those types of players in the majors so I don’t see any need to hit the panic button just yet on Ike Davis.
Guys like Scott Rice and Josh Edgin lead the way with almost 12 Innings Pitched – with identical 4 hits and 1 Earned Run each and both have pitched nearly 6 Innings. The future is looking good for the Mets as they’ve a young Bullpen that is proving to be pretty good so far. The club has solid young pitching and offense.
While the team is 7 – 4 before back to back postponed games in Minnesota and Colorado the last couple of days in a row, they have played the easiest schedule in the Major Leagues so far. 3 vs the Miami Marlins, 3 versus the San Diego Padres, 3 versus the Philadelphia Phillies and 2 games versus the Minnesota Twins.
The schedule becomes increasingly harder – with back to back series with the Washington Nationals and LA Dodgers during a 6 game homestand starting Friday, April.19/2013.
The main thing that the Mets need to go out and get are Outfielders. This 2013 winter the Mets could go after Curtis Granderson, Nelson Cruz or Alex Gordon. Any one of these players would be a great pick up for this team.
The offense that these guys bring to the table will help out the Mets tremendously and could make them a real contender in 2014.
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