1. Thor Is An Ace’s Ace
Last season, Noah Syndergaard became the Mets ace in large part due to injuries. He grew into the role to the point that even with everyone back, he’s still the ace.
An important part of being an ace is being a stopper. After two loses that saw the Mets bullpen decimated, Syndergaard threw seven innings allowing just two runs while striking out nine. He saved the pen, and he stopped the Mets from getting swept.
2. Wheeler Actually Pitched
After one inning, it looked like Zack Wheeler was too good to be true. He was hitting 98 MPH in dominating the Marlins.
From there, it was rough. He needed 80 pitches to get through four. He allowed five earned.
Still, for the first time since September 25, 2014, Wheeler pitched for the Mets. He showed some glimpses that he can return to his peak form. He had no issues, and he’s scheduled to make his next start.
3. Dominant Back End Of The Pen
We may see Josh Edgin join this group as he had two terrific scoreless innings on Friday.
1. Reyes Has Been Terrible
Jose Reyes is now 1-23 on the season which translates to a .043 batting average. Reyes also has had his struggles in the field. Reyes leading off and not hitting is a big part of the reason why the offense has been inconsistent. Might be time to start thinking about a start for T.J. Rivera.
2. Collins Abusing The Bullpen Arms Again
Rafael Montero threw 35 pitches thrown in 1.2 innings on Wednesday. On Friday, he threw 35 pitches over 2.1 innings. That’s 70 pitches over four innings in three days. For some unfathomable reason, Terry Collins decided it was best to bring in Montero in what was a blowout loss. It is irresponsible and potentially dangerous use of a pitcher.
It’s apparent Collins learned nothing from Jim Henderson or Johan Santana or Tim Byrdak or anyone one of the other arms he’s abused. He is far too often reckless with pitcher’s arms. It is more egregious when he does it in situations, like Friday, that do no merit it. He has abused far too many arms in his tenure.
With Salas already having appeared in five of the Mets first six games, and with him making the most appearances in September last season, Salas appears to be the next arm Collins outright abuses.
3. Marlins May Be The Mets Kryptonite
Last year, Chen made one start against the Mets allowed three hits and one earned over seven innings.
Conley’s been even better than that. In his five career starts against the Mets prior to Saturday’s start, he was 1-0 with a 1.11 ERA, 0.863 WHIP, and 8.1 K/9. He had never allowed a run at Citi Field.
Chen and Conley shutting down the Mets shouldn’t be a big surprise, and that’s an issue with these teams due to meet 16 additional times. If the Mets see a lot if Chen and Conley, it’s hard to imagine the Mets can go 12-7 against the Marlins again this year.