The first half of the 2015 MLB season is in the books and so we open the books to see which Mets players stood out above the rest.
Most Valuable Player: Jacob deGrom
He was the lone All-Star from the New York Mets and his 10-pitch clinic to strike out the side in the sixth inning of the 2015 MLB All-Star Game was never before seen in All-Star Game history.
Aside from his shining moment on the mound, deGrom has been shining brightly for the Mets in the first half of the season. He finished with a 9-6 record and a 2.14 ERA along with a strikeout ratio of 8.87 for 115 strikeouts thus far. He has been the best starting pitcher, and with a bWAR of 3.2, deGrom is the most valuable player for the Mets.
Best Pitcher: Jeurys Familia
Now I know what you're thinking. You're wondering why Familia instead of deGrom.
While deGrom has been the most valuable player, Familia has been the best pitcher because of his role in the bullpen.
With Bobby Parnell and Jenrry Mejia out at the beginning of the season, Familia was inserted into the closer role with little expectation of succeeding. And during the first half of the season, Familia exceeded expectations.
He converted 27 of his 29 save attempts and had a 0.90 WHIP. Manager Terry Collins has stuck with Familia as the closer because of his success in the first half of the season and without his role in the Mets bullpen, deGrom and many other pitchers may not have the wins they have.
Best Call-Up: Noah Syndergaard
Syndergaard was promoted to the Mets on May 12 and has brought down the hammer since he was called up.
He ended the first half of the season with a 4-4 record and has proven he can hold his own in the big leagues. A strikeout rate of 9.72 per nine in his first 11 games and an fWAR of 1.9 make the case for the most valuable promotion.
Best Position Player: Curtis Granderson
Granderson has caught fire as of late. In the month of June, the left-handed veteran hit seven home runs, 11 RBI, and had the most runs scored on the Mets.
Not only that, in the words of Moneyball, "he gets on base," boasting a .340 on-base percentage. Granderson also has the highest offensive WAR and overall WAR out of all position players on the team and without Granderson's burst in late May and the month of June, the Mets may not be in second place.
Biggest Surprise: Lucas Duda
Given his performance from April to May, Duda looked poised to break out. But in June, Duda struggled to hit the ball and his numbers cascaded down to where those moments early in the season seem like a distant memory.
It was surprising to see him go down so quickly, but hopefully he can solve his problem and return to his early-season form.
Most Memorable Moment: Noah Syndergaard's First Home Run
Matt Harvey's reaction to the rookie's first home run summarized how everyone felt. It was shock and awe.
Thor's hammer launched the ball deep into center field for his first career home run and what seemed to be the start of the Mets rotation becoming a stout offensive unit. Since Syndergaard's home run, Harvey has hit a home run, Steven Matz displayed some skills at the plate, and Bartolo Colon even got a hit.