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Mets: What is the Plan for Success?


The 2015 New York Mets had no expectations of finishing the season leading any offensive categories. However, the first half of the season was offensively unacceptable. Losing the captain, David Wright, at the start of the season did not help matters. The weight of the offense then fell on Daniel Murphy, Lucas Duda and Curtis Granderson.

The big off-season acquisition was outfielder Michael Cuddyer from the Colorado Rockies. Cuddyer was coming off a season of injuries and looking to rebound alongside long time friend David Wright. Unfortunately Cuddyer continued his injury woes and produced a less than stellar 10 HRs in 408 plate appearances.

The first half of the season had its ups and downs like any team’s first half. However, the Mets finished the first half with the third worst run total, with 310 runs scored. The team lost catcher, Travis D’Arnaud to injury in the first month. While the injuries hurt the club, unproductive first halves from Juan Lagares and Lucas Duda took an obvious toll on the offensive production. The team batting average was a league worst .233 and an OBP of .298.

The starting rotation kept the Mets in the race for the division, but the lack of run support was leaving the pitching with little room for error. In the first half, the Mets staff collectively had a 3.23 ERA, which was the third best in baseball. The Mets were 3 games back in the loss column from the defending NL East champion Washington Nationals at the start of the second half of the season.

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The second half was a completely different story. The Mets acquired Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson on July 26th. Johnson and Uribe contributed immediately and pumped life into the Mets. Uribe was able to fill in for the injured David Wright at third base and Kelly Johnson was able to provide depth as a utility player. With the Mets offense on the rise, one final piece was added on deadline day. Yoenis Cespedes was acquired from the Detroit Tigers minutes before the trade deadline on July 31st.

Cespedes went on a once in a lifetime tear and lead the Mets to the NL East Division title. In the second half, the Mets finished with the third most runs scored with 373 runs scored. The Mets finished the season 17th in runs scored.

The bottom line and end result appears very good for the 2015 New York Mets, but does the formula work? The Mets constant was and always will be the starting pitching rotation, but the hitting has to be more consistent. Will the Washington Nationals fizzle out like last season? If the Mets hang in the playoff race till the trade deadline, can they acquire another short-term answer? The short-term answer will have to put up the month of his career statistically to repeat the production of Cespedes.

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These are the questions that need fans need answered from management. It would appear to be quite the risk with such an elite pitching staff for many years to come. This team has proven what they can do when provided a balanced offense. The pitching will only get better, but the hitting will remain the weakness of the club. The team and fan base deserves more consistency from ownership. Rolling the dice with the short-term hitting options will only waste critical years from Matt Harvey, Jacob DeGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler, and Steven Matz.