Time for our kinda 1st half of the season (+14 games) recap.
Here is my take.
The starting pitching - specifically the rise of deGrom, the resurgence of Niese and the consistency of Colon and even Gee (even with his time missed). No doubt about it, this is a solid group that gives the team a very legitimate chance to win every single game. If Dice-K comes out of the rotation, I think this continues to be a strength through at least August.
Granderson - got hell from lots of fans when he started slow, but he has been a rock solid player since May. He's giving the team good power, solid defense and a nice presence in the lineup - everything he was asked to do when he signed.
Murphy - Dude can hit and hit and hit. Whatever the team does with him, he has been great overall thus far.
The pen - Yes, they've blown some critical saves. But this is a unit that lost its best arm before the season, started with Velvarde and Farnsworth, and is now manned by a lot of young arms with tons of potential. The pen is rounding into a solid part of this team.
Honorable mention - Duda - looks like the Mets kept the right guy. Lots of fans just want to see Duda sustain the production all year long.
Chris Young - Can't sugarcoat it. The guy has not panned out. He's a bench bat at best right now. The LF situation is a mess in no small part due to his struggles.
SS - Mediocre is now considered good for the Mets at this position. If they're gonna compete, chances are they will need to get more out of the position.
David Wright - Bad can be a relative term, and it is here with Wright. I love the guy, and he's coming around now, but his lack of expected production early on is probably as big a reason as any that this team just couldn't get going. He will need to be the middle of the order bat we need him to be if this team is going to make some 2nd half noise.
Darno - Like Wright, his early season struggles left this team with just too many holes to overcome. But also like Wright, he's been studly of late since his return from Vegas. If he and Wright can keep it up after the ASB, this team can make some serious noise the rest of the way.
Dishonorable Mention - Montero and Syndegaard. Both were supposed to have real impact on this season for the big league team, and both have underperformed overall. There's still plenty of baseball left for them to rise up and help, but deGrom usurped their major league utility while they have struggled.
Sandy, Jeff, TC - The team's record isn't great but there is a pulse and they're going into the break strong. The lineup needs major league help, and it's time to deliver and get these guys another bat they can depend on. It's also time to give TC a full lineup to work with, since he's supposedly been dealing with a short hand, and time for TC to take that opportunity and lead this team to a very strong 2nd half showing.