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.
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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.
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).