Another day and another lackluster start for Matt Harvey…it’s only a handful of games and he’s certainly shown his talent many, many times, but it sure would be nice to see him throw a shutout.
Nice to see Curtis Granderson come to life. He has that combination of power and good eye that make him a formidable leadoff hitter despite being a low batting average hitter with high strikeout numbers.
The new double play combo has been a pleasant surprise both with their bats and their ability to man the field. We haven’t seen Walker “pull a Murph” at 2B and after Cabrera’s awful defensive year last year what he’s done at SS has been solid and dependable.
Yoenis Cespedes is earning his cleanup hitter paycheck, leading the team in RBIs and 2nd in home runs to newly acquired Neil Walker.
Michael Conforto showed some excellent indications of what he’s capable of doing when he was first moved into the 3rd spot in the batting order. He’s going to have some growing pains but he’s looking like he could be that Keith Hernandez type of hitter with more power.
Lucas Duda continues to be streaky as hell, but when he’s on he’s as good as anyone in the game. If you’re going to put up with the inconsistent stretches know that he can carry you for short intervals.
David Wright has show some flashes of good and flashes of bad. Right now he’s sitting around .245 which is not what you expect from a $20+ million player.
Logan Verrett is the biggest surprise of the pitching this year. Pressed into service due to Jacob de Grom’s injury and the birth of his son, all he’s done is posted a sub 0.69 ERA. The irony is that as Josh Edgin edges closer to a return he may be the odd man out since Terry Collins love his veterans and Jim Henderson is over 30.
Rafael Montero has been flat awful in his couple of appearances but it’s a double edged sword. You can’t be expected to get dialed in if you don’t pitch, but if when you do pitch you throw gasoline on the fire then you won’t get the opportunity to develop a rhythm.
The same applies to Wilmer Flores on the offensive side of the ledger. He’s looked very Tejada-like with his bat but with the way Cabrera and Walker have been playing he’s not likely to get many opportunities to get into any kind of groove.
The rest of the bullpen, while not always confidence-inspiring has been more good than bad overall, occasional hiccups notwithstanding.
Alejandro de Aza has had some good at-bats but the overall results in just 20 plate appearances are just a .150 average – probably not what Sandy Alderson had in mind when he extended a $6 million contract to the man. If he can heat up then perhaps he can be peddled away in mid-year if someone in AAA heats up enough to warrant a promotion.
On the whole, the team is about where you’d expect it to be with the good and bad performances. Getting Jacob de Grom back means keeping Logan Verrett in the bullpen and Rafael Montero returning to Las Vegas