The Mets ended May sitting in 2nd place in the National League East, just a 1/2 game behind the Washington Nationals and 2 1/2 games ahead of the Atlanta Braves. Not a bad place to be considering the amount of injuries they have faced so far and how poorly they played for most of May, as well as on the road. Unfortunately, June doesn’t get any easier for the Amazins as they start off by heading out west and in total play 15 games away from Citi Field.
For May’s offensive numbers, the Mets batted a paltry .234, which was good for fifth worst in all of baseball and third worst in the National League.They hit 28 home runs, putting them right in the middle of the pack and struck out a whopping 228 times, good for tenth most in baseball and sixth most in the NL.
Pitching wise in May, the Mets had the seventh best team ERA in baseball at 3.45 and had the eighth most strikeouts with 233. Those numbers were good for fourth and fifth respectively in the National League. The most impressive pitching stat, however, was the number of walks the pitching staff allowed, or lack thereof. The Mets allowed just 60 walks in May, second best in all of baseball to the Minnesota Twins and best in the National League, barely edging out the Washington Nationals.
Daniel Murphy really made an about face in May. He batted .330 in 28 games played and has been a big reason why Duda is getting more hittable pitches. 7 of his 34 hits went for extra bases and he had an impressive ratio of 7 walks to 9 strikeouts. While he has never been a high OBP type of guy, he has been a very difficult batter to strikeout and that remains consistent, even through his earlier struggles in April. Murphy may not remain a .330 hitter the rest of the year, but he certainly isn’t as bad as his .198 April line. Hopefully the .330 hitting Murphy can stick around a bit longer, at least until Herrera heals enough to return, while building himself enough value on the trade market to net the Mets a valuable piece going forward.