New York Mets team profile

New York Mets team profile

The New York Mets finished in fourth place in the NL East with a 72-90 record. They were a team that dealt with a plethora of injuries, and it ended up costing them its season. David Wright has not been able to get over the injury bug, and the team’s two best hitters, Yoenis Cespedes and Michael Conforto, saw extended time on the disabled list.

It was not only at the plate, but on the mound the Mets saw its fair share of issues. Matt Harvey has not been able to break out of his rut, and Noah Syndergaard was only able to start seven times. Jacob deGrom was the only one that was able to cross the 25-start threshold in 2017, so the Mets have a fair amount to deal with before being able to compete in the near future.

Offseason moves

New York Mets team profile

Jay Bruce will reunite with the Mets in 2018 (Photo from FanRag Sports)

The New York Mets have taken strides to improve in the near future. It was reported on Wednesday that Jay Bruce would be returning to the Queens with a three-year contract. This is a solid signing that is lighting a mini spark into the hot stove. Since not many other moves have been made, the Mets look serious about improving in 2018.

So far, the only loss for them has been Jose Reyes, who did not have a great 2017 season. It was also reported that the Mets were very close to a deal with the Cleveland Indians for second baseman, Jason Kipnis. While he may not have provided the impact that the Mets need, it would have been a step in the right direction to show they are serious about improvements.

The three-year contract that Bruce signed also shows that the Mets are nowhere near thinking about a rebuilding phase despite its current place in the division. The rest of the NL East is in for some trouble with how successful the Nationals have been during the regular season. This move shows that the Mets want to try their hand though, and they may not be that far off.

The pitching

The New York Mets ranked 28th in pitching in 2017. This is nowhere near the expectations for the players they have on the team at the moment. New York has some of the best young pitching in the league, but due to injuries and underperforming, they took a step in the wrong direction.

The Mets have built a very good base in the rotation with Syndergaard, deGrom, Harvey, Steven Matz and Zack Wheeler. As mentioned, due to injuries and poor performance, it does not look as solid as it once did. The top two in the rotation still look like they have a promising future, but Harvey, Matz and Wheeler will have a pivotal year in 2018. If they don’t show signs of improvement, the Mets will know it will be time to move on.

Anthony Swarzak had the best year of his career in 2017. He may have been one of the better middle relievers in all of baseball. He, along with A.J. Ramos and Addison Reed, should provide a reliable core to the bullpen.

2018 outlook

New York Mets team profile

Matt Harvey needs to get back on track in 2018 (Photo from USA Today)

As stated previously, the Nationals are still at the forefront of the NL East, and the National League as a whole. No team from the East will most likely compete with them for the division.

This is a year for the Mets to build up and see if they are ready to compete by 2019 perhaps. Washington is leaps and bounds ahead of the competition, and even the Wild Card is going to be tough to come by as it will take more than 87 wins most likely.

This is a big year for Matt Harvey as well. After stellar seasons between 2012-15, Harvey looks like he has lost his touch. This especially looked to be the case last year after finishing with a -1.1 WAR and 6.70 ERA. Something has to change in order for him to stick around the team. Whether it is mechanical or mental, the Mets can not afford to let him throw games away much longer.

With Noah Syndergaard coming off injury and deGrom looking to improve, there is a lot of room to improve. Their health is key too, as we may see a much better team in 2018 if the Mets are able to keep guys on the field.

 

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More Mets’ Injuries: Cespedes & Syndergaard

The Mets found themselves entering their second World Series rematch of the season against the Royals not quite in panic mode, but certainly in need of some good news. New York had lost six of their last eight games prior to Tuesday’s series opener against the Royals.

The good news is that the Mets have won both of their games against the Royals this go around, after splitting the season-opening series against the reigning World Series champs. The victories came at a cost, though. Tuesday’s starter, Bartolo Colon left after facing just one batter with a thumb injury. The injury was incurred after Colon took a comebacker hit by Royals leadoff man, Whit Merrifield, off the thumb. Luckily, for both Colon and the Mets, the x-rays on the thumb came back negative; manager Terry Collins expects to see Colon make his next regularly scheduled start on Sunday, in Atlanta.

Yoenis Cespedes is currently the Mets’ leading hitter. He left Wednesday’s game against the Royals with left wrist soreness. Photo courtesy of foxsports.com

However, Colon wasn’t the only player to be bitten by the injury bug against Kansas City. Wednesday’s concluding game took its toll too, seeing both starter Noah Syndergaard, and top hitter Yoenis Cespedes leave the game with injuries. Both players were pulled in the sixth inning, Syndergaard surrendered three runs on eight hits before leaving the game with right elbow discomfort. This isn’t the first time Syndergaard has been checked for this ailment, also doing so after his May 1 start but not missing any scheduled time.

Cespedes’ injury isn’t a new one, as he had similar troubles last year, but the injury had been dormant so far in 2016. Cespedes was 2-for-2 with a walk by the time he left, and was replaced by Alejandro de Aza for the remainder of the game. Both were sent to visit the team doctor on Wednesday night.

The Mets’ preexisting injury situation wasn’t in the prettiest of states, either. While catcher Travis D’Arnaud was reactivated from the DL on Tuesday, team captain David Wright and first baseman Lucas Duda currently reside on the 15 day DL. Along with them, outfielder Juan Lagares and reliever Jim Henderson are also on the 15-day DL, while starter Zack Wheeler is on the 60-day DL.

Jose Reyes may find himself back in a Mets uniform, especially if Yoenis Cespedes misses extended time. Photo courtesy of rollingstone.com

Cespedes is the best hitter on the Mets roster, statistically, leading the team in batting average, RBIs, home runs, and on-base percentage. Depending on the severity of the injury, this injury could further the Mets’ interest in former Met and current player in the Colorado Rockies organization, Jose Reyes. Reyes played with the Mets from 2003-2011, and played just 47 games with the Rockies in 2015. He hasn’t seen any Major League action so far in 2016 after a domestic violence claim cost kept him off the field. Reyes is slated to become a free agent on Saturday, and has voiced interest in reuniting with his former club.

Also thrown into the mix is ex-Cuban infielder, Yulieski Gourriel, who is scheduled to work out with the Mets. Even if Cespedes’ injury does not prove to last long, the Mets offense is in a sorry state regardless, so the Mets could feel compelled to make a move to acquire whichever of the two the organization feels can best suit their needs at the dish while not being a liability in the field.

Data from ESPN.com was used in this report.

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