By Todd Singer @breakingbadfish on April 8, 2014
With the 2014 season still in its infancy, spring optimism has quickly turned to bellyaching and overreaction. Even though most teams haven't played more than four percent of their respective schedules, many fans and journalists are already forecasting doom. Given how beaten down Mets fans have been in recent years, many are perpetually waiting for the other shoe to drop. These are the biggest overreactions to the first six games of the season.
When Daniel Murphy went on paternity leave, causing him to miss the first two games of the season, there was a ridiculous and misplaced backlash against the Mets second baseman. After all the din from that incident died down, Murphy returned to field and promptly committed three errors in his first four games. Murphy may be a bit rusty in the field, but anyone attributing his early struggles in the field to his leave is kidding themselves.
When it was announced that Mets closer Bobby Parnell would have to have Tommy John surgery, the third Met in the past season to have that fate befall him, Mets fans threw up their hands. Already a problem area for the team, the bullpen lost its best pitcher and many assumed that there was no hope for the Mets to recover from this injury. While the jury's still out, Jose Valverde has admirably replaced Parnell and there are plenty of games left.
When the Mets signed Chris Young to a one-year deal this offseason, the deal was highly scrutinized because, on the Mets' seemingly shoestring budget, spending million on an oft-injured, inconsistent corner outfielder didn't seem like the best appropriation of funds. True to his label, Young played one inning in the field before landing on the DL with a quad strain, but it's a long season and Met fans have to give Young a chance to produce.
Met fans have PTSD from the last outfielder they signed to a big money deal, so you can excuse many of them if the early returns from Curtis Granderson remind them of Jason Bay. However, as much as some are jaded by past occurrences, six games does not a season make. Granderson has twice as many strikeouts as hits to start the season, but he's an incredibly streaky player and usually warms up with the weather.
When the Mets acquired Travis d'Arnaud in the RA Dickey trade, many pegged him as the gem of the deal. Fast forward a year and change and Noah Syndergaard, the "other" player in that deal, has taken that title from d'Arnaud. Meanwhile, the young catcher, after struggling during a late-season call-up last year, has started out the season 0-for-15. Despite d'Arnaud's early struggles, it's way too early to give up on him or label him a bust.
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