Wait 'till Next Year?
The Mets have not had the best of seasons the past few years. In the Met’s past 3 seasons, they have a winning percentage of just .463 and have not played at or above .500 since 2008. This season the Mets went 74 and 88. They brought up numerous players from the minors who contributed greatly to the major league team. Juan Lagares, a center fielder for the Mets, was the first rookie position player to make his debut with the Mets in 2013. Lagares was arguably the best defensive outfielder in the National League. His 15 center field assists led the majors in 2013. Met’s fans were crazy about Juan Lagares. All but 2 runners were thrown out when Lagares threw the ball. If Lagares could get his offense going, he could be a key player in the Met’s future. The next key Met’s player to make his debut was Zack Wheeler. Wheeler is a starting pitcher for the Mets, who for sure is part of their future. Wheeler came up for the Mets in June, and he prospered all year long. Zach went 7-5 with a 3.42 ERA and 84 strikeouts. Wheeler made his last start in mid-September when he was shutdown with shoulder stiffness. Zach Wheeler was incredible all year long, and the stats back that statement up. He was compared to Met’s ace Matt Harvey, who tore his UCL late in the season and was shutdown. Harvey was the best pitcher for the Mets, and some say the best in the majors. Harvey won 9 games for the Mets and had a 2.27 ERA, the second best ERA in the majors when he got hurt. Harvey had multiple no-hit bids brought into the 7th inning. His most memorable was against the White Sox where he ended up giving up 1 hit through 9 innings, but getting the no-decision. That’s how the season went for Matt; tough luck losses or no decisions. Harvey and the Mets are unsure if he will pitch next year because of his injury, but he is currently rehabbing and trying to avoid Tommy John surgery which will make him miss the 2014 season. None the less, the Mets are prepared for the future. They have elite young players in their organization, including multiple elite pitchers, including Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler. The Mets won their last game, showing all of their strengths. Juan Lagares had his 15th outfield assist, throwing out the Brewer’s first baseman Sean Halton. John Niese, Mets pitcher, pitched a good game, allowing just 2 runs through 6 innings. The Met’s bullpen pitched 3 no-hit innings to allow the Mets to keep close and eventually win. Eric Young Jr. drove in the winning run on a groundout in the 8th inning; His 4th game winning hit of the season. Frank Francisco got the save, and the Mets recorded a win in their final game of the year. The Mets certainly have the players to win it all in the next few years, but the question is whether the players can execute.