The New York Mets have made changes to their front office, their coaching staff, and on the field this offseason in an effort to fix what was broken in 2018. Even with these changes, why should the team expect better results in 2019?
New York Mets ace, Jacob deGrom, had a historical 2018 Cy Young campaign which will be, for better or worse, remembered just as much for his brilliance on the mound as it will be for the lack of support his team provided. Just as the 1987 Chicago Cubs will be forever remembered as the last place team that Andre Dawson won his historic MVP despite, the 2018 Mets will be known as the team that limited an utterly dominant deGrom to just 10 wins on the season.
What made both of these seasons so memorable was that the players were so great individually, while the teams they played on were just plain bad.
deGrom’s Cy Young run last year is, in many ways, a microcosm of the Mets’ 2018 as a whole – where the team’s weaknesses reared their ugly head at the most inopportune times. Not only leaving a hole in Mets fans’ hearts, but also leaving a blueprint for what was wrong and what would be needed to fix it.
Enter Brodie Van Wagenen with a plan to move the Mets forward from the disaster known as 2018 as quickly as possible. Van Wagenen has been the star of the offseason, outside of J.T. Realmuto, Bryce Harper, and Manny Machado, moving and shaking with the best of them since taking over as general manager of the Mets at the end of October.
With the 2018 season well in the rearview mirror now and the offseason creeping closer and closer to start of spring training, here are five things the Mets have already done better this year, than last.