New York Mets historic start based on all-around solid baseball

Mickey Callaway, New York Mets. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
Mickey Callaway, New York Mets. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images) /

The New York Mets have been fueled by solid, all-around baseball.

How about this start by the New York Mets? There is always a buzz when a new manager is in town but nobody expected the team to start like this. The team has started at a franchise legendary pace. Manager Mickey Callaway is the toast of New York these days as the Mets have taken the world by storm.

So how have the Mets done it? Besides the health of the players, which has started off swimmingly well, what’s going on? What makes this team so good early in the season? The Mets have started the season playing solid baseball in all phases of the game. It sounds simple, but when it works, it translates into success. For New York, it translates into historical success so far.

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So far, the pitching has been as advertised. With a 2.25 ERA, the Mets are leading the National League. Hitters are batting .205 against Mets pitching over the first nine games. If the opponents aren’t scoring any runs, it’s difficult to lose. Keep in mind that is WITH Noah Syndergaard sporting an ERA of 3.94.

On the other side of the coin, the Mets are third in the National League in batting with a .247 average. The on-base percentage is .353, good for second in the league. This is exciting in that they are not living by the long ball. They are using base running skills to go first to third on hits, capitalize of fielding mistakes, …etc. Mets fans are not used to this.

Another thing that Mets are not used to is success with runners in scoring position and two outs. Last year, the team hit .247 with runners in scoring position. So far in 2018, the average sits at .282. Mets fans have always had a problem here. How often have fans complained about the team squandering opportunities? Too many times. Right now, the Mets aren’t squandering any.

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The other encouraging point is the Mets have already won games they wouldn’t have won in the past. Case and point was the Sunday night game against the Nationals. In that game the Mets struck out 17 times. That’s a lot of outs and it is difficult to win when you don’t make contact. However the Mets stayed in it, and scratched out a win in 12 innings.

It’s all exciting. Yes it’s early, but good signs are still good signs. Hopefully the Mets can keep them up.

Note: All stats provided by ESPN.