5 Mets That Are Currently Having Breakout Seasons

Shale BriskinContributor IIIJuly 28, 2014

5 Mets That Are Currently Having Breakout Seasons

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    While the Mets may only be 50-55 this season, this current team has certainly featured quite a few bright spots. The biggest bright spot would arguably have to be second baseman Daniel Murphy's All-Star season, which includes a .293 average, 28 doubles, 7 home runs, 38 RBI and a .752 OPS.

    However, there have been other players on the Mets that have really stepped up and are currently having breakout seasons. Here are five Mets that are having breakout seasons right now.

1B Lucas Duda

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    2014 Season Statistics:

    .259/.356/.500, 22 2B, 18 HR, 56 RBI, 43 BB

    Finally given the everyday first base job this season following the Ike Davis trade, Lucas Duda has been putting together his best season yet. His 18 home runs this season are already a career high and he should certainly set a career high in RBI as well.

    The Mets have been desperate for a big power bat in the lineup for years, and they may have finally found just that in Duda. First base was a weakness for the Mets for a little while, but if Duda has finally arrived as a big slugger, first base could turn into a position of strength. Hopefully, Duda will continue to hit well and drive in more runs for the Mets' offense.

CF Juan Lagares

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    2014 Season Statistics:

    .267/.303/.368, 15 2B, 2 HR, 26 RBI, 12 BB

    In his rookie season last year, Juan Lagares provided a lot more for the Mets defensively than he did for the Mets' lineup. But this season, Lagares has made strides at the plate and has raised his average 25 points so far (he hit .242 in 2013). Lagares may not have really broken out in particular, but at the very least, he has improved himself as a hitter. Hopefully, he will hit even better with time.

SP Jacob DeGrom

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    2014 Season Statistics:

    5-5, 2.79 ERA, 14 GS, 87.0 IP, 31 BB, 83 K, 1.26 WHIP

    Jacob deGrom has put himself in the running for the NL Rookie of the Year Award this season with a very impressive season thus far. DeGrom was not even particularly touted as a prospect, which makes his season that much more amazing.

    DeGrom certainly looks to be in the mix to remain in the Mets' rotation in the future, despite the presences of Noah Syndergaard and Rafael Montero in the minor leagues. It will be interesting to see how DeGrom's breakout rookie season will impact on future Mets rotations.

MR Jeurys Familia

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    2014 Season Statistics:

    2-3, 1.88 ERA, 50 G, 52.2 IP, 20 BB, 44 K, 1.14 WHIP

    Jeurys Familia is one Mets reliever that has put together a great season out of the bullpen. Familia's 1.88 ERA is a huge reason why he now gets most of the eighth-inning work in close games. The walks are still a bit of a concern for Familia, but he has improved his control and will hopefully continue to do so.

    Familia has what it takes to one day be a closer, and this season has been a huge step in the right direction for him. 

CL Jenrry Mejia

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    2014 Season Statistics:

    5-3, 3.67 ERA, 15 Saves, 38 G, 69.1 IP, 33 BB, 72 K, 1.47 WHIP

    Jenrry Mejia finally has an actual role within the Mets now as their current closer. The Mets for a while had trouble finding a closer after Bobby Parnell needed Tommy John surgery in April. But Mejia has thrived as the new closer and has asserted himself as a big part of the Mets' bullpen going forward.

    What happens next season in the Mets' bullpen will be very interesting to see once Parnell is healthy. Will Parnell get his old job back? Will Mejia remain the closer? Or will one of them end up getting traded? That will be just a few of the many decisions the Mets will need to make this offseason.


    Statistics are courtesy of MLB.com