Daniel Murphy earns high marks as the Mets' only All-Star participant. Credit: Getty Images
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson gave his team a goal of 90 wins heading into the season.
He was scoffed at then, and things aren’t much better now, as the Mets have stumbled to a 45-50 record at the All-Star break. They may be on pace to win only about 76 games, but the boys from Queens have turned it on as of late. They enter the break having won three straight series with wins in eight of their last 10 contests.
Of course, they lost seven of eight before this hot streak, so you never quite know with the Mets.
Alderson now has to decide whether he wants to be a seller at the trade deadline seven games back in the wild card. The upside of having a young team is that you have something to look forward to, but the downside is the Mets have few players to deal.
Metro breaks down what the current players have done in the first half.
Travis d’Arnaud, catcher
After a brief interlude in Las Vegas, d’Arnaud seems to have found his stroke again at the big league level. His overall numbers (.217, six homers) are still poor, but he’s hitting .295 with three homers in the 16 games since he’s returned to show some of why he’s a top prospect.
Lucas Duda, first base
The Mets bet on Duda at first base, dealing away Ike Davis just weeks into the season.
Davis is batting .237 with four home runs and a .352 OBP. Duda is doing much better. He’s tied for the team lead with 14 homers and his .256 batting average is respectable. Now about the defense ...
Daniel Murphy, second base
Murphy is deserving as the team’s lone repre- sentative in the All-Star Game. His numbers are just slightly behind starter Chase Utley as the second-best second baseman in the league. If it weren’t for average defense he’d be even better.
Ruben Tejada, shortstop
Sure, his numbers are better than last year — and he's not fighting with management — but he is what we thought he was. His 0.9 WAR shows he's just about at replacement level and the Mets still need a shortstop of the future.
David Wright, third base
The Mets made a push for Wright to earn the starting nod in Tuesday’s All-Star Game, but he hasn’t deserved it. He had a 2.4 WAR, which is significantly worse than last season(5.8). He’s down across the board in all individual statistics.
Curtis Granderson, left field
The Yankees gave up on Granderson but the Mets spent $60 million on the aging star. It hasn't worked out very well. His .237 average is right on line with recent years, but his power (14 home runs) is down in Citi Field.
Juan Lagares, centerfield
The young outfielder can lay legitimate claim to being the best defensive center fielder in the sport. You'd like to see him use his speed to steal some more bases (just two this season), but his .293 average is good enough to keep him in the lineup. And that wonderful defense has him second to Murphy on the team in WAR (2.2).
Chris Young, right field
The Mets never should’ve spent $7.25 million on Young, plain and simple. For a team that is conservative with money, it was a baffling decision. He is barely over the Mendoza Line at .202, and his eight home runs don’t make up for his 44 strikeouts in 208 at-bats.
Jon Niese has been the team's best starter despite a few minor injuries. Credit: Getty Images
Jon Niese, starter
If it weren't for the injuries, Niese would be receiving much more attention around the league. His 2.96 ERA has him 12th in the NL, but his 5-4 record have people overlooking him. He's been solid even when his stuff, especially his velocity, has been questionable.
Bartolo Colon, starter
Colon might’ve taken some time to readjust to the National League, but he’s not been as bad as fans might want you to believe. His ERA was over 5.00 through nine starts, but he's gotten it down to 3.99 with a 2.80 ERA in the nine starts since. Now he might be a valuable trade chip.
Zack Wheeler, starter
With Matt Harvey out for the season, Wheeler was supposed to step into a bigger role. He started out as anything but a stud, but he’s steadily improved the last month. His ERA is down to 3.90 after going 4-4 with a 3.07 ERA and 59 strikeouts in his last 10 starts.
Dillon Gee, starter
Like Niese, an injury knocked him out of the rotation, but when he's been on the mound he's been great. He has a 2.56 ERA, a 1.056 WHIP and just 16 walks in 59 2/3 innings. He's developing into a very consistent second or third starter.
Jenrry Mejia, closer
Mejia switched to the bullpen, and eventually closer, after seven inconsistent starts. He's been very solid in the role, with 10 saves in 12 chances and a 2.33 ERA. He's taken to the role after some disappointment at being removed from the rotation and the Mets may have found their future closer. Bobby Parnell may be expendable when he returns from injury.
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