Double play: Are these the real Mets?

May, 28, 2012
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Each week, ESPN senior baseball editor Matt Meyers and ESPNNY blogger Mark Simon weigh in on a variety of Mets-related topics.

When will reality set in for this team, which is currently 27-22, or is the Mets' present state their reality?

Meyers: I always thought this team was better than people gave it credit for, and it's probably about a .500 team when all is said and done. I think management realizes this and is not going to make any rash moves, a la Kazmir-for-Zambrano, in a quixotic quest to reach 90 wins. Mets fans should just enjoy this bunch for what it is and know that better times are coming.

Simon: You're talking to someone who projected the Mets to finish 68-94 at the start of the season, but there are reasons to be optimistic with the way Johan Santana, R.A. Dickey and David Wright have performed.

I think this will be a telling homestand. If this team can dig in and finish 8-3, it's a good sign. If the next couple of series are struggles, then I'll go back to fearing that a 5-20 stretch is inevitable

Is Matt Harvey an answer to the Mets' issues at the back of the rotation?

Meyers: From everything I have read and heard, Harvey’s changeup is still a work in progress, and I'd hate to see the Mets set him up to fail by promoting him too soon. I think many fans think he is a top-tier pitching prospect, and while he's good, he's not THAT good, and I feel like the Mets will be putting him in a tough spot if they call him up this summer. Also, he has a 4.22 ERA at Buffalo, so it's not like he dominating at Triple-A.

Simon: I think Harvey is a last resort and should only be considered if he puts up a run of really good starts. Despite my failed prediction last week that Jeremy Hefner would beat the Padres, I'd like to give him a few more chances before I cast judgment to cast him aside.

That said, I'm looking forward to seeing his contributions in 2013.

Make a prediction for the coming week.

Meyers: I think Daniel Murphy will finally hit his first home run of the year.

Why do I think this? Well, it has to happen at some point, right? Murphy has had a nice year at the plate in terms of average and OBP, but I sometimes wonder if he has become too defensive as a hitter. He's only slugging .371, and I'd like to see him driving the ball more.

Simon: Not to bring back bad memories, but I see a positive return to Citi Field for Carlos Beltran in the form of a home run (perhaps one off a curveball from a right-handed pitcher) and a great catch in the outfield.

I'm not saying that the Cardinals will necessary win the series, but I think Beltran will play well. He'll get a nice hand his first time up, but will be treated in the matter fitting for a rival through the remainder of the series.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Bartolo Colon
WINS ERA SO IP
12 4.01 132 172
OTHER LEADERS
BAD. Murphy .301
HRL. Duda 26
RBIL. Duda 76
RD. Murphy 73
OPSL. Duda .824
ERAZ. Wheeler 3.45
SOZ. Wheeler 163