Eight years have passed since the last time a member of the New York Mets won the Player of the Month Award.
It has been a while since someone on the New York Mets has won the National League Player of the Month Award. You have to go all the way back to June 2010 to find the last time a member of the Flushing 25 took home the honor.
In those 30 June days, third baseman David Wright slashed .404/.466/.683 with 6 home runs and 29 RBI. It was a remarkable month for the Captain and one of his final productive years.
Wright finished 2010 with a .283/.354/.503 batting line. He knocked 29 home runs and drove in 103. It was the final season where he did surpass the 25 home run mark. Never again would he reach 100 RBI in a season.
It’s not a complete travesty to go eight seasons without a Player of the Month. There are only six per season meaning the opportunities are slim.
However, to go this long shows how few hot months their offensive players have put together. With 15 teams in the National League (16 when the Houston Astros were there), the Mets should theoretically have a Player of the Month every three or four seasons. Eight years have passed which means they are long overdue.
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To find the last time a Mets player was named Pitcher of the Month, one needs to go back to April 2013. Matt Harvey made six starts for them and finished 4-0 with a 1.56 ERA. The sophomore season was arguably Harvey’s most dominant. In the 26 starts he made, the Dark Knight went 9-5 with a 2.27 ERA.
I find it a little more odd to see a lack of Mets pitchers having dominating months over the last few seasons. It’s understandable when you see the guys who have won Pitcher of the Month. Jake Arrieta, Clayton Kershaw, and Max Scherzer all appear multiple times.
Off to the top of many of our heads, we may have believed Yoenis Cespedes had an opportunity to win the honor in 2015 when he first joined the Mets. Well, the numbers aren’t as good as we may have believed.
Though the big guy helped lead the Mets to the World Series, he didn’t do it with overpowering numbers. Cespedes spread out his talents in the final two months of the season.
In his first full month with the Mets, Cespedes slashed .275/.331/.542 with 8 home runs. The following month, he finished the year with a .300/.345/.673 batting line and 9 home runs. When compared to what Andrew McCutchen did in August 2015 and Nolan Arenado‘s 12 home runs in September of that year, there’s no comparison.
The Mets may need to wait a little longer before they see a position player take home Player of the Month honors.
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Until then, it’s probably best to avoid seeing Daniel Murphy‘s name pop up twice in 2016.