The New York Mets are a handful of games below .500, mired once again in a season that is destined to end in September. 2006, the year the Mets fell short a few runs short of advancing to the World Series, occurred almost a decade ago and the time since then has been more and more futility for the Metropolitans. Nonetheless, it’s undeniable that this team is somewhat different. While there are holes throughout the team, you can clearly see the makings of a strong ball club.
It all begins with the pitching. Stud Matt Harvey has been on the pine all year, recovering from Tommy John Surgery. The hope is he will be back and ready for the beginning of the 2015 season. Joining him will be the youngster Zach Wheeler, who has shown flashes of dominance this season, albeit inconsistently. Jonathan Niese is another starter that has been exceptional when on the mound, though he’s struggled to stay healthy. And lurking in the minor leagues is highly regarded starter Noah Syndergarrd.
The biggest surprise this season, however, may have been Jacob deGrom. Any Mets fan who has grabbed Mets tickets to a game this year and seen him on the bump has been pleasantly surprised with his performance. deGrom excelled on the mound, going 6-5 in sixteen games started with a 2.87 earned run average. He also added 94 strikeouts over 100 innings pitched, while walking only 33 batters. A ninth round pick back in 2010, the Mets were looking simply for a starter to provide them with some innings this year and instead they got a foundational piece of their rotation moving forward.
The lineup remains somewhat of a mystery with David Wright still anchoring the third base position, but no other stars on the
diamond. Daniel Murphy has been good as well, making his first All-Star game this year, but the team has failed to see many other contributors. Lucas Duda and Curtis Granderson have been up and down, and the other pieces of the puzzle haven’t fallen into place just yet. It’s very apparent, though, that the Mets have built a team that will pitch very well over the next two to three years and if they can find some bats to go along with their starting rotation, chances are good the playoffs will be taking place in Queens very soon!
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