The Month of April had its ups and downs for the Mets. They started out the month at 7-3 but finished 10-14. They have shown signs and might have righted the ship after a 4-2 road trip where they took two out of three from the Nationals and Braves.
The Mets suffered some significant injuries in 2016, notably to Yoenis Cespedes and Noah Syndergaard. Both of them were the Mets best hitter and pitcher in 2016, respectively. They have also received inconsistent play from Asdrubal Cabrera and Neil Walker and poor play from Jose Reyes and Curtis Granderson.
In the rotation, Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler have shown signs of being positive impacts but also show a little bit of the rust from their injuries. The bullpen has had their share of struggles but they expect to improve as Jeurys Familia and Addison Reed have shown signs of their 2016 selves their last few outings. With all that said, let’s take a look at the best performers from the month.
Pitcher of the Month: Noah Syndergaard
It was a tough choice between Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom. Syndergaard was absolutely dominant in his first month. He posted a 3.29 ERA in 27.1 innings with 32 strikeouts and only 2 walks. He also allowed zero home runs in April. Syndergaard also had a 1.03 FIP and 1.4 fWAR. His FIP was the best in baseball and his fWAR was third in baseball, first in the NL. Unfortunately, Syndergaard will be out an extended period of time. Hopefully he comes back by early July and starts dominating once again.
Honorable Mention: Jacob deGrom
Jacob had a 2.84 ERA in 31.2 innings and a 2.95 FIP in those innings. He also had a 0.8 fWAR and was striking out people left and right. He ranked second in baseball with his 12.51 K/9 among all starter with 20 innings. Also hat tip to Jerry Blevins, easily the Mets best reliever in April.
Hitter of the Month: Michael Conforto
Injuries eliminated some candidates and made it a two-man race between Jay Bruce and Conforto. Conforto won because of his success with fewer plate appearances than Bruce. Conforto slashed .321/.394/.661 with a 170 WRC+ while Bruce slashed .292/.370/.584 with a 153 wRC+. Both also followed up their great Aprils with an even better start to May. Conforto also grades as a better defender than Bruce. He posted a 0.9 fWAR compared to Bruce’s 0.7 fWAR despite having 34 less plate appearances than Bruce. As of right now, Conforto leads all left fielder in fWAR with 1.3, the next closest is Corey Dickerson with 1.2 and he has 29 more PAs than Conforto.
Honorable Mention: Jay Bruce
What a month for the guy a majority of fans, including myself, wanted to trade for a bag of peanuts this winter. Bruce made some changes to his approach coming into this year. Bruce has the second lowest soft contact rate in baseball with 4.7%. He also has the fourth lowest ground ball rate in baseball. This combines for well hit balls that are not hit into the dreaded shift. He is also walking a lot more. He currently has a walk-rate of 11.2% as opposed to his walk-rate of 7.5% last season.