Mets' Key to Hot Start Isn't What You Think

New York Mets right fielder Starling Marte.
New York Mets right fielder Starling Marte. / Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Mets currently have the best record in the National League, paced by excellent play from all units.

The Mets have the best on-base percentage in baseball and the third best team ERA that have led to their 16-7 start. New York made the necessary signings in the offseason by bringing in the likes of Starling Marte and Eduardo Escobar in addition to Max Scherzer to offset the Jacob DeGrom injury. However, the biggest development has been the Mets fielding metrics.

The Mets ability to lock up in the field has helped pace their fantastic start. The Mets have an 81% success rate on balls in the field of play, fourth best in all of baseball, per

Yes, the Mets offense has been high powered and the pitching staff is holding up their end of the bargain despite some Spring Training injuries, but it's the defense that has been the backbone of this roster and the underrated drive to the Mets lofty postseason odds at WynnBET Sportsbook:

New York Mets National League Odds

  • Make the Playoffs: Yes -900/No +500
  • NL East: -140
  • National League: +400
  • World Series: +750

The Mets made some big additions in the offseason and the biggest impact has been Marte in the outfield. While he isn't hitting to his potential, his play in the field can't be understated.

We'll see if the Mets sweet hitting and pitching can keep up, but the real insight can be seen in the field as the team continues to get out of innings on defense with their gloves.