Overreaction City
by John Jastremski
Apr 14, 2021 | 4322 views | 0 0 comments | 522 522 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The 2021 baseball season is a little over a week old, so naturally overreactions are running wild. It's the nature of the beast, par for the course.

But some of the overreactions are completely overblown. For example, the Yankees lineup is not going to continue to stink throughout the regular season the way it has over the first week.

It may take a little longer than you'd like, but eventually a lineup full of talented players is going to produce.

The same could be said for Michael Conforto. He is too talented to perform the way he has over the course of an entire season.

However, there are a couple of early season narratives I think are totally fair to analyze.

In Yankee land, Gleyber Torres' early-season defensive struggles at shortstop are a legitimate cause for concern. Torres played poorly in 2020, offensively and defensively.

One of the major questions going into this season was whether or not he would be able to handle one of the most important positions on the field.

So far, Torres has struggled. He cost the Yankees a game with his glove last week and has been an adventure early in the year.

By the end of 2021, you need to know if Torres is going to be the Yankee shortstop going forward or if the team needs to look elsewhere. A week-plus into the year, the jury is very much still out on that.

In Mets land, it's been frustrating waiting for games to be played. It's also been beyond frustrating watching the Mets squander Jacob deGrom gems.

He has started two games this year and has been brilliant: 14 innings pitched with just one run allowed. But somehow, some way, the Mets are 0-2 in games started by their ace this season. That simply can't happen.

It follows a disturbing trend. Since 2018, the Mets are 36-42 in games that Jacob deGrom has started.

Let that sink in, two Cy Young awards, total dominance and yet the Mets as a team are six games under .500 in deGrom starts. The trend has to change if the Mets are going to be a team that is taken seriously.

If you're going to win a division title, a pennant or, for that matter, a World Series, you have to win the games started by the best pitcher in baseball.

There's no overreaction in that. When Jacob deGrom is on the mound, go and win the games.

It's a week in, but the Yankees won't find their way to the World Series if Gleyber Torres can't handle shortstop, and the Mets won't find their way to the postseason if they can't win Jacob deGrom starts.

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