City Sports Report

Mets Start Quick, Then Struggle by Derrel “Jazz” Johnson

The New York Mets lost their first game of the season to the Florida Marlins on Friday, April 1, 2011, 6-2, but then went on to win the next two against the Marilns. The Mets then won the opener against the Philadelphia Phillies, 7-1. Four games into the season, many Mets fans were very optimistic about the team’s possibilities.

Since then, however, the Mets have lost five out of six, and have been outscored 41-18 in those five losses, and are currently 4-6. Ike Davis, the second-year first baseman, continues to impress. Davis is hitting .351 with 11 RBI through the first 10. Jose Reyes, in the final year of his contract, is also off to a good start, hitting .340 with two triples and three doubles thus far. Chris Young has been impressive through his first two starts, with an ERA of 1.46, 12 strikeouts and a 1-0 record.

Former all star outfielder Carlos Beltran has struggled thus far, hitting .233 with 5 RBI, and fellow outfielder Angel Pagan is hitting a mere .179 with 4 RBI. Mike Pelfrey, elevated to the first starter role because of Johan Santana’s injury, has struggled, going 0-1 with a 10.80 ERA, including surrendering a grand slam in the season opener.

The New York Mets have to try their best to remain competitive with a team that has mixed expectations. For a team with financial woes, getting fans out to CitiField is crucial. If they continue to play under .500 baseball, fans will neglect the team, leaving thousands of empty seats.

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