The New York Mets have compiled one of the worst spring training records this season. It is true that spring training records mean next to nothing, but it's not the record fans are worried about; it's the sloppy play.
The Mets have routinely made slip up after slip up and it has cost the team a bunch of wins this spring. The sloppy play can be credited to many things as there are several reasons why the Mets have had a rough spring. Here are three of the top disappointments for the New York Mets this spring training.
The Mets roster is currently littered with injuries, but what separates the Mets' injuries from every other team's?
The Mets haven't had their starting eight play together at all this spring, as it seems there is always a starting player injured, and that might be messing with the team. It is true that the extent of the injuries haven't been severe, but have rather been quite pesky.
Injuries like these can screw up a team's development and chemistry, and it looks as if that might be happening to the Mets.
The Mets haven't been able to go a game without a defensive miscue, and that raises a lot of concern. The Mets have a slew of players who are currently not playing at their natural positions. Daniel Murphy and Lucas Duda highlight that bunch.
It is no secret that Murphy and Duda are better suited for a spot at first base, but Ike Davis has that position nailed down. Daniel Murphy has a load of ability at the plate, and that is the only reason why the Mets are trying so hard to find him a position.
Will Mike Pelfrey finish the season with the New York Mets?
Murphy has been trying to learn the tricks and trades of second base for a while now. His improvement is noticeable, but the question is whether he has improved as much as he needed to.
Murphy has been working with a lot of the right guys, and the Mets are really hoping that he can put it together defensively this season.
Aside from Pelfrey's last start, he has been simply horrible this season. He did pitch well Thursday night, but one good game against the Astros proves nothing. Pelfrey lacks the mentality that a quality pitcher needs, and he has been fiddling way too much with his pitches.
The Mets had high hopes for Mike Pelfrey when they drafted him due to his great skills, but they couldn't foresee how his mental discipline would be. Pelfrey is a nutcase who I believe isn't fit for New York. A change of scenery might work wonders for him, but I just don't see him helping the Mets out anytime soon.
The Mets' front office will not give up easily on Pelfrey, but he's not making things any easier for Sandy Alderson and Co. Pelfrey has talent, but he just hasn't been able to consistently translate it into good performance.
Wit that said, a productive Mike Pelfrey will bolster the Mets starting rotation, and really increase the team's chances of being competitive. It is an even year, so there might actually be reason for hope regarding Mike Pelfrey.