By Todd Singer @breakingbadfish on May 8, 2014
While 25 games constitutes a mere 15 percent of a full 162-game season, there are still a number of observations that can be taken away from these games. The New York Mets have gotten out to a 16-17 start, perhaps better than many people expected given their daunting season-opening slate, but they have lost six of their last seven since hitting a high watermark of 15-11. Find out what we've learned from the first 25 games of the Mets' season.
Coming into this season, the Mets were carrying both Lucas Duda and Ike Davis on the roster even though neither player can adequately play a position other than first base. After a few weeks, the Mets decided the back-and-forth pseudo-platoon wasn't working and shipped Davis to Pittsburgh, where he's struggled to get himself going. Duda, meanwhile, is sporting a solid .781 OPS and leads the team with four home runs and is second with 15 RBIs.
This shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone who follows the team given that the starting pitching has frequently been the beacon among rough seas throughout the franchise's history. Even without ace Matt Harvey, the starting rotation has produced quality start after quality start and has kept the team in most games. While the starters still need to work on going deeper into games, without them, the Mets would be in far worse shape.
Although the Mets made a lot of noise relative to their past few offseasons, many questioned the wisdom of doling out big money to Curtis Granderson, Bartolo Colon and Chris Young. While there's still time to iron out the kinks, all three have struggled to start the season. Granderson has been mired in a horrific slump, Colon is sporting a 5.00-plus ERA and Young has been up and down since an early stint on the disabled list.
Only a month and change into the season, the Mets have already had three different players anointed as the closer. Bobby Parnell, the incumbent, lasted all of one game before being shut down for the season with Tommy John surgery. His replacement, Jose Valverde, lasted a few games longer before he was replaced by another veteran castoff, Kyle Farnsworth. The rest of the bullpen has been a nightmare and has cost the team several wins already.
Entering the season, everyone knew that the Mets needed to do something to address the dire situation at shortstop -- everyone except for the people running the team. Even after making disparaging remarks about Ruben Tejada after last season, general manager Sandy Alderson decided to roll with Tejada again to start this season. Just a month in and Tejada has been replaced by Wilmer Flores, whose future does not appear to be at shortstop.
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