The Mets have played 22 games so far in 2019 and their record stands at 12-10. That is good for a tie in first place with the Philadelphia Phillies.
Starting Pitching: The Mets rotation ERA currently sits at 5.64 ERA. (stats as of April 21st) This includes Jason Vargas’ bad performances and Steven Matz ugly 1st inning against the Phillies on the road. In his other four starts, Matz has a 1.61 ERA. Every game counts and Matz cannot implode like that again. Noah Syndergaard is also having a tough go on the mound. He currently has a 5.90 ERA. That seems very uncharacteristic for Noah.
Bullpen: Mets relievers have produced a 5.91 ERA. Edwin Diaz has been the backbone of this bullpen. He has struck out 16 of the 35 batters he has faced. He currently owns a 1.04 era, 1.60 FIP, 16.62 K/9 and 2.08 BB/9. Seth Lugo looks like his first week of April was a fluke because in his last 10 innings he is sporting a 2.70 ERA. He has 12 strikeouts in his last 5 appearances. Robert Gsellman has been solid in the bullpen posting a 3.27 ERA, 3.91 FIP, 10.64 SO/9, 1.64 BB/9 in 11 innings pitched. Jeurys Familia currently owns a 5.09 ERA in 10.2 innings pitched. He has also surrendered 9 walks in those 10.2 innings. In short, he needs to find the strike-zone.
Who would have thought that the Mets pitching would be their struggle so early in this season? It is early and I do expect the pitching will come around. That still doesnt mean they shouldn’t look to upgrade their pitching depth.
One man knocking on the door that the Wilpons wouldn’t have to dish out money for is Gio Gonzalez.
In three minor league starts Gonzalez has posted a 6.00 ERA. That might seem like a lot but lets dive deeper into the numbers:
First Triple-A start:
4.0 IP, 8 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 3 BB, K
Following two starts:
6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, BB, 10 K
5.0 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K
Final Thought: The Mets should be all in on Gio Gonzalez. He would be an immediate upgrade over Jason Vargas.