The Mets’ slow start already is creating panic in the Big Apple

Steven Matz 

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It’s tough to analyze a team after only six games. Or maybe it isn’t.

The New York Mets are off to a 2-4 start as they try to defend their National League pennant from 2015. Their vaunted rotation has a 4.31 ERA (16th in the majors), and their offense ranks last in the majors in slugging percentage (.251), 28th in on-base percentage (.277) and 27th in runs per game (2.83).

Still, it’s been six games.

But the New York Post is among those ready to push the panic button. Following Steven Matz’s poor outing (seven earned runs in 1 2/3 innings) on Monday — in his first start of the season — a veteran scout told the Post that Matz "looks like a young guy who needs a month in Triple-A to clean up some things."

And the Post’s panic didn’t stop there:

Welcome to Terry Collins’ nightmare. Way back in January, Collins told The Post it was imperative the Mets get off to a good start in April to avoid a World Series hangover. This is not what he had planned. The Mets lost their third straight Monday night at Citi Field in embarrassing fashion, 10-3 to the Marlins. This after losing twice to the dreadful Phillies. The 2-4 Mets have a lot more issues right now than the hitters getting off to a slow start.

The New York Daily News also fanned the flames:

Are we overreacting to a small sample size? Maybe. No, seriously, of course we are! But this is a different Met year than most Met years. They are coming off a trip to the World Series and plenty of folks believe they can go back. There is pressure on them, some of it self-inflicted, because of their talent level and expectations. 

In case you’re wondering, the Mets were 3-3 through their first six games last season. And how quickly we forget that they were only 52-50 on the morning on July 31 (when they acquired Yoenis Cespedes and went on a tremendous late-season run).