We will win a lot of two-games series if Mike Soroka and Max Fried are pitching. I don’t want to jinx the gentleman, but things are looking promising with Fried. His curveball is devastating, his command is on point, and he’s had a terrific start to the year. One exciting thing about this shortened season, and the fact that our best pitching is so young, is that we won’t really need to protect them if we were to make the playoffs. Remember, there was some concern with riding the young arms through a playoff run last year. I don’t think we’ll have that concern this year.
Another encouraging aspect is the bullpen. The bullpen has been near-perfect if you exclude Touki’s outings. We can work ourselves up over the usage of guys like Luke Jackson, but the bullpen looks ready for the season.
Not as encouraging is the offense. It’s going to be hard to win a lot of games 2-1, especially with the back half of the rotation looking so bleak, so the offense will need to wake up. In the limited sample, currently 6 lineup regulars are boasting sub-.700 OPSes. That’s not going to cut it. Perhaps some of it is some bad luck. For example, Ryan likely identifies the problem with Austin Riley:
Others are just simply over-matched. Hopefully they’ll sort it out. But it’s not all bad. Dansby Swanson has been absolutely raking. Check out this NSFW image:
Now that’s a spray chart. Dansby is hitting just about everything hard and all over the field.
Mets come to town tonight. Rick Porcello vs. Sean Newcomb. Here’s another chance, Newk.