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ATLANTA, GA - MAY 29: Yoenis Cespedes #52 of the New York Mets jokes around in the dugout during the third inning against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park on May 29, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - MAY 29: Yoenis Cespedes #52 of the New York Mets jokes around in the dugout during the third inning against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park on May 29, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Sweet like M&M’s: The Mets’ emerging young players

The Mets overachieved in the second half, particularly after their midsummer sell-off, playing .500 baseball in August before an even stronger showing in September.

The likes of Brandon Nimmo, who had his best professional season to date, Amed Rosario and Michael Conforto, who both improved greatly over the course of the season and the emergence of Jeff McNeil as an asset really gave the Mets the boost they needed to gain confidence heading into next season.

Zack Wheeler had his best pro season yet, sporting 12 wins and a 3.31 ERA for the season, giving the Mets a solid third starter option behind ace Jacob deGrom and stalwart Noah Syndergaard who really bounced back at the end of the season. Steven Matz wasn’t too bad himself, he finished with a 3.97 ERA but just 5 wins to show for it.

With the Mets having four of MLB’s Top 100 prospects heading into 2019 including Peter Alonso and Andres Gimenez, the future in Queens may not be as bleak as some think. Of course, this hinges on the continued success of all the players mentioned above.

Like getting chased by a guy with a chainsaw out of a haunted house: Yoenis Cespedes

It certainly feels like Cespedes got chased out of Citi Field by a guy in a chainsaw outfit and got so scared, he never returned. So when will Yoenis Cespedes ever play a full season in a Mets uniform?

He played just 38 games all season and while he did hit .262 with 9 HRs in those games, the Mets essentially paid him the 2018 portion of his contract to rehab in Port St. Lucie. Not exactly a good look for one of the Mets’ most expensive investments in a player in franchise history.

There is no question he makes the team better when he is healthy but after surgery to correct heel calcifications, who knows when we will next see Yo in the orange and blue.

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With 2019 on the horizon and an important offseason ahead, let’s hope the Mets can fix the mistakes of 2018 and make for an exciting six months of baseball watching to come.

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