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The Mets put an emphasis on getting off to a fast start, and they did – for one day. But it’s been all downhill after the opener, and now the Mets are already in last place, with a 2-4 record. And when Johan Santana can’t beat the Washington Nationals, we may be in for a long season. David Wright hitting a home run in the first inning of the first game was a sight for sore eyes and what was hopefully a sign of things to come. But the lack of timely hitting, some poor starting pitching and the team being “unprepared” is no way to start a season. Here are some good and bad things we’ve seen so far in the first week of the season.

The Good

Jeff Francoeur: The Mets’ right fielder is off to a torrid start. He’s hitting.476, with a.538 on base percentage and is slugging 1.000 (to lead the NL). He has two home runs and six RBI’s in six games. But the most eye-popping stat is his four walks. He only walked a total of 23 times last season. Having patience will make a huge difference in taking his game to the next level.

The Bullpen: Frankie Rodriguez, Pedro Feliciano, Ryoto Igarashi, Fernando Nieve and Raul Valdes have pitched a combined 15 scoreless innings, and Jenrry Mejia and Hisanori Takahashi have thrown 5.1 innings while giving up two runs. As a whole, the ‘pen has a 1.28 ERA. That’s not bad considering nobody had any idea how this group would perform. So far, so good – but it’s only six games.

Mike Pelfrey: Big Pelf had a solid debut outing, going six innings, and only allowing two runs. He also didn’t do his insane, sweaty routine by taking laps around the mound while licking his hand and wiping his brow after every pitch, so that’s a good sign.

Jon Niese: Why do we trust the inexperienced Niese more than the other non-Santana starters? Maybe because he hasn’t failed yet. He also went a solid six innings in his first start, and gave up a reasonable three runs, giving his team a chance to win the game.

Jose Reyes: Just having the shortstop back on the field is a big plus for the Mets. Reyes looked rusty in his first game, but almost started a game-winning rally in the ninth with a leadoff single.

Johan Santana’s First Start: The Mets’ ace was ace-like on opening day, going six innings and only letting in one run.

The Bad

The Offense: It’s bad enough that the team has a .245 batting average (with a .343 OBP and .410 slugging percentage), but they’re hitting.189 with runners in scoring position (.347 OBP and a league-worst .238 slugging percentage), and are 0 for 4 with the bases loaded. They’ve only scored 27 runs, with six homers (four of those came in one game), and just can’t drive in the big run. If clutch hitting exists, they don’t have it.

Oliver Perez/John Maine: The dynamic duo was dynamically mediocre in their first starts of the year. Maine only lasted five innings, giving up four runs. And Perez went 5.2 innings, while allowing four runs and walking four. The Mets had three quality starts in six games. The bar is set so low for Perez that maybe we need to come up with a new stat for him – the Oliver Perez Quality Start. If he gives up fewer runs than innings pitched that’s considered a good start for the erratic lefty.

First Base: Mike Jacobs and Fernando Tatis are batting .192 (5 for 26). They’re making Daniel Murphy look better and better every day. And Ike Davis is becoming a legend even before playing his first major league game. I sill would have gone with Chris Carter over Jacobs.

Jerry Manuel: He admitted yesterday his team may have been unprepared on Sunday. Are you kidding me? Six games into the season, and the team isn’t ready to play? Oh boy. And enough with Gary Matthews Jr. in the starting lineup. Angel Pagan is a better player. It’s as simple as that. Let him play. And Jacobs batting cleanup? No thanks.

Johan Santana’s Second Start: A grand slam in the first inning? Five runs and three walks in five innings pitched? To the Nationals? For sanity’s sake, let’s just assume that’s a blip on the radar.

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