The New York Mets have found success through the first two series of the season. They have opened the 2022 season with a 3-1 series win over the Washington Nationals, and then a 2-1 series win over the Philadelphia Phillies. New manager Buck Showalter has managed this offense to score 4.8 runs per game thus far. The bats have shown great life early on, while the pitchers are doing their job to keep the Mets on top.
Early on, the offense has lived up to preseason expectations. This lineup had all the tools to be powerful entering the season, and they have lived up to expectations early on. On the power end, Pete Alonso has smashed two home runs with 10 RBIs in this young season. Brandon Nimmo had an impactful series against the Phillies by hitting a home run in each of the second two games. Additionally, the Mets have hit with runners on base so far. In their 2-0 win over the Phillies on Tuesday, Francisco Lindor was able to hit a single to right to bring home Starling Marte for a helpful insurance run.
This offense has allowed the Mets to start 5-2 by succeeding in all facets of the game. They have brought power in the young season with four players going yard. Three players are batting over .300 to start the campaign, and the team has already drawn 31 walks. This team is getting on base and finding multiple ways to score runs. By being multifaceted offensively, the Mets are trending in the right direction. Good baseball teams can score in many ways and the Mets have done that early on.
The starters have been successful thus far for the Mets. Besides an injury scare with Taijuan Walker early on, the starters are another area of success for this team. Believe it or not, big offseason signing Max Scherzer has the highest ERA for a starter on this team. His ERA sits at 3.27 through 11.0 innings. Scherzer has impressed with his resiliency this season. He walked three batters in the first inning of his last start. Yet, he escaped without allowing a run. Now, Mad Max is 2-0 with 13 strikeouts.
While Scherzer has performed to expectations, young starter Tylor Megill has exceeded expectations. With a fastball touching 99 mph, Megill has yet to allow a run in two starts. In 10.1 innings, he has 11 strikeouts with a phenomenal 0.58 WHIP.
If we were to label an area of concern early on, it would be the Mets’ bullpen. In their loss to the Phillies earlier this week, the Mets blew a 4-0 lead entering the 8th inning, as the game finished in a 5-4 disappointment. In that game, Trevor May came in to relieve David Peterson in the 7th and gave up one run before leaving due to injury. After that, Joely Rodriguez gave up two runs in .2 innings and Lugo sealed the deal with two runs in .1 innings.
Many Mets fans were left in frustration after that game, but bullpen struggles from Wednesday’s win were swept under the rug. Fans were happy because the Mets secured a 9-6 win. However, it was an 8-1 ball game after the top of the sixth inning. If the bullpen had collapsed anymore, the Mets would have been on the receiving end of a series loss against the Phillies. However, things are not all bad for the Mets; Adam Ottavino, Drew Smith, and Trevor Williams all have a 0.00 ERA through a combined 7.1 innings pitched.