I asked my writers who they thought was the biggest surprise for the Mets in the first half, and one of the benefits of having 25-35 active writers is that it gives me a good well-rounded sense of where the Mets fan base is on these roundtable questions I like to do.
As expected there were some varied answers, and few added comments as well. Here is what we came up with.
Daniel – The biggest surprise to me has been the play of Marlon Byrd. I don’t know how many times I’ve heard his name and “scrap heap” used in the same sentence this season, but that’s where he seemed to emerge from. His offense and defense have stabilized at least one spot in the outfield and his veteran presence in the locker room for this young team has been invaluable. (Shout out to Bobby Parnell this year too.)
Joe S. – Biggest surprise is definitely the play of Marlon Byrd.
Gerry - Marlon Byrd
Satish - Jeremy Hefner
Andre - Jeremy Hefner and Marlon Byrd tied here.
Barry - Jeremy Hefner. Okay, Harvey is much ...