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Luis Rojas predicts better days ahead for unreliable Mets’ defense

As April comes to a close and the Mets teeter on a .500 record, their unreliable defense has continued to expose itself as the team’s biggest weakness.

While keeping in mind that 16 games is a small sample size, the Mets entered Sunday with -7 Defensive Runs Saved, tied with the Texas Rangers and Chicago Cubs for 28th in MLB. Luis Rojas said DRS is the statistic he uses most often to assess his club’s defensive issues. That number shouldn’t shock the club because in addition to the metrics discrediting their defensive performance, Mets fielders have routinely failed the eye test.

The Mets’ 12 errors have led to 15 unearned runs, the second greatest number of unearned runs in MLB so far this season.

A smattering of questionable plays and fielding mishaps were on display behind Marcus Stroman in the Mets’ 7-1 loss to the Nationals on Saturday. Michael Conforto contributed with a pair of miscues, the first error resulting in an unearned run and the second, a bad throw to home plate which, if played correctly, could have prevented another run from scoring.

Mets manager Luis Rojas sees when his team drops plays on the field.

Rojas echoed the general theme of the club on Sunday morning before the series finale against the Nationals. Essentially, the Mets have said they are capable of playing better defense and the performance they’ve so far put on is not representative of their actual skill.

“The part where we’ve made physical errors, I think that’s something we can overcome,” the Mets manager said. “I think we had a really good camp working on that, focusing on that, even though we’ve under-performed so far with the errors that we’ve committed. I feel that we’re going to overcome that.

“We’re going to be a better defensive team than we’ve been in the past.”

Since Rojas brought up the past, let’s take a look. In 2020′s shortened 60-game season, the Mets turned in -21 DRS, ranked 25th in the league. In 2019, the club recorded -44 DRS. In 2018, it was -33 DRS. We can keep going back, but the numbers are not encouraging.

The Mets knew they were taking a risk with their defense this season. The club plugged a natural first baseman in Dominic Smith as their usual left fielder and started J.D. Davis at third base over defensive wiz Luis Guillorme in favor of a potent lineup. Their current outfield, consisting of Smith, Conforto and Brandon Nimmo, owns a -4 DRS.

The Amazin’s big risk on defense could very well end up being the area that holds them back from postseason contention. But, for now, it’s early enough in the 162-game season that fans can wait and see if they improve like their skipper predicts they will.


Smith was on the bench in the Mets’ series finale against the Nationals on Sunday afternoon. The left fielder is slashing .232/.254/.375 with a .629 OPS, seven RBI and two home runs across 15 games so far this season. After going 1-for-8 in the first two games of the series, Rojas took Smith out of the lineup against Nats’ lefty Patrick Corbin.

“He’s just off on off-speed pitches,” Rojas said of Smith’s recent at-bats. “He’s pulling off just enough that he’s missing them. No major problem.”

Dominic Smith hasn't had much success at the plate against the Nationals this series.

Smith’s latest home run came on April 13 against the Phillies at Citi Field. In his career, Smith bats .239 with just four home runs against lefties.


Robert Gsellman is looking forward to the day his closest friend and teammate returns to the active roster. The reliever has kept in touch with Noah Syndergaard while the flamethrower has hung back in Port St. Lucie finishing up his Tommy John rehab.

“We’re definitely going to be watching something special when he comes back,” Gsellman said of Syndergaard. “I know he’s putting in the right work. He’s excited to get back. I can’t wait for him to get back.”

Syndergaard, 28, is expected to join the Mets rotation in June, barring any setbacks in the rest of his recovery routine. The right-hander faced live batters on Saturday for the first time since his surgery last March. Syndergaard will try to stretch out and keep building up from the one inning he pitched this weekend.

Source (Ny Daily news)

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