2016 May Report Card
The Mets entered May 15-7, in second place, and a half game behind the Nationals. The Mets finished May 14-15 and two games behind the Nationals.
The month saw some key injuries and their depth getting exposed. Below are the first month grades for each of the Mets players. Bear in mind, these grades are on a curve. If a bench player gets an A and a position player gets a B, it doesn’t mean the bench player is having a better year. Rather, it means the bench player is performing better in his role.
Travis d’Arnaud (Inc). Due to a rotator cuff injury, d’Arnaud hasn’t played one game this month, and no one knows when he’s going to start a rehab assignment. Given the questions about his durability, this grade could’ve been an F.
Kevin Plawecki (F) Plawecki hit .197/.284/.303 in May. He’s once again established he’s either not ready or incapable of being an everyday catcher in the majors.
Rene Rivera (C). Like Plawecki, Rivera hasn’t hit well. He hit .167/.286/.292 in the month. However, his grade is much higher as he’s been a good veteran presence behind the plate who has worked very well with Noah Syndergaard. Rivera has also neutralized the opponent’s running game.
Lucas Duda (D). Duda only hit .192/.300/.404 in May. We don’t know if these numbers are the result of his lower back stress fracture or not. With that said, you’re judged by your performance on the field, and he wasn’t good.
James Loney (Inc). He played in only one game. It’s too soon to judge.
Neil Walker (C). Walker came crashing back to Earth. In May, he hit .238/.326/.381 while hitting four homeruns. He also missed some games with a shin injury.
David Wright (C). Wright continued to strike out frequently in May. He still hit .215/.346/.462 with five homers. His grade was downgraded because he’s been dishonest about his health. The only thing we care about now is whether the injection in his neck worked.
Asdrubal Cabrera (C-). Like his double play partner, Cabrera’s play was much worse in May. Cabrera hit .268/.308/.406 in May.
Wilmer Flores (D). Flores took a small step forward in May. He hit .250/.300/.357. He also missed some time on the DL exposing the bench.
Eric Campbell (F). Campbell had a decent West Coast Trip, but with that said, he’s been abysmal otherwise with him hitting .167/.281/.241. As a result of his poor play, the Mets designated him for assignment.
Matt Reynolds (D-) It’s a small sample size, but he hit .100 in his eight games. He was so bad, he couldn’t outlast Campbell or Ty Kelly. The only reason this isn’t an F is Reynolds stepped in for an ailing Cabrera one day, and he played decently.
Ty Kelly (F). He was called up due to injuries, and the only reason he stays on the roster is he’s a switch hitter.
Michael Conforto (F). Conforto is struggling for the first time in his career, and as his .167/.242/.349 line will attest, he’s having trouble figuring it out. He eventually will. However, the Mets need him to do it sooner rather than later.
Yoenis Cespedes (A). Cespedes has been everything the Mets could ask for and more. He’s showing that August was him turning a corner and not some hot streak.
Curtis Granderson (C-). Like seemingly every other Mets hitter not named Cespedes, Granderson struggled in May. His grade is higher due to the five homeruns, including the one walk off the other night. He’s also gotten hit lately. Hopefully, he’s turned a corner.
Juan Lagares (A). His bat, even with a low OBP, seems to be getting better. Between that and his Gold Glove defense, he’s going to soon start forcing his way into the lineup more.
Alejandro De Aza (F). Hard to kill a guy who went from platoon to a 5th OF through no fault of his own. With that said, when he does play, he doesn’t hit.
Matt Harvey (D). His nightmare of an April got worse in May. This isn’t an F as his last start was vintage Harvey. It looks like he may be back.
Jacob deGrom (B). Surprisingly, he was winless in May. Also, we may be seeing the effects of his decreased velocity with his ERA going up and his WHIP going down.
Noah Syndergaard (A). He followed a dominant April with a dominant May. He also hit two homeruns. It’s not an A+ because he didn’t actually hit Chase Utley.
Steven Matz (A). Matz has been on a roll all month making him not only the odds on favorite for the Rookie of the Year Award but also making him a serious contender for the All Star team. Even in last night’s blip, he still left the game in position to get a win.
Bartolo Colon (C+). He’s been what he’s always been – good against bad teams and struggles against good teams. There were more good teams on the schedule this month, so we saw him pitch to a higher ERA. Bonus points for his first homerun.
Logan Verrett (F). After a month of bailing the Mets out, it was Verrett who needed to be bailed out with a 6.46 ERA and a 1.761 WHIP.
Jeurys Familia (B). He’s still perfect in save chances, but the last week he was shaky in non-save situations. He blew a four run lead in one game, and he earned the loss after pitching poorly in a tied game.
Addison Reed (A+). As good as he was in April, he was even better in May. He has consistently been the best reliever in the Mets bullpen.
Jim Henderson (B-). While his ERA has ballooned this month, his peripherals show that he’s still pitching pretty well. He is starting to get exposed a bit by pitching too much to lefties and by getting a little more work than he was probably read to take on at this point.
Hansel Robles (B). Robles was actually having a better May than April until the past week happened. He’s gotten touched up the past two games by the long ball. It’s something to keep an eye on going forward.
Jerry Blevins (B). While his ERA has steadily gone done over the course of May, he has been hit a little harder.
Antonio Bastardo (C). Bastardo entered the season without the faith of his manager, Terry Collins, and it appears that he is in the same position. Throughout his career, Bastardo has struggled with giving up walks, and he’s had that issue re-emerge this month.
Rafael Montero (Inc.). Montero didn’t pitch in the majors this month. One thing that is telling is even with Harvey’s struggles, the Mets never seriously considered him to pitch in the rotation or bullpen.
Sean Gilmartin (A). Gilmartin had a brief return to the Mets due to some short outings from their starters. Gilmartin did what he excelled at last year – pitching well no matter what the role the Mets gave him.
Terry Collins (B). It was a tough month for the Mets all around. However, this month the Mets seemed to finally get Harvey right, and Collins made sure to protect David Wright from himself. As usual, Collins had his share of baffling lineup and bullpen decisions. With that said, he still has the Mets in the thick of things.