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Mets: Three things the 2018 team had missing from the 2019 squad

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 04: Jeff McNeil #6 of the New York Mets reacts after striking out against the San Francisco Giants during the fifith inning at Citi Field on June 04, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Owens/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 04: Jeff McNeil #6 of the New York Mets reacts after striking out against the San Francisco Giants during the fifith inning at Citi Field on June 04, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Owens/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JUNE 04: Michael Conforto #30 of the New York Mets reacts in the dugout after striking out against the San Francisco Giants during the eighth inning at Citi Field on June 04, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Owens/Getty Images)

The 2018 New York Mets are not a squad to emulate, but they did have a few elements early on missing from this year’s team.

I’ve thought about it for a while. Are the 2019 New York Mets any better than the 2018 team? On paper, they sure seem it. In the standings, it’s a toss-up.

The 2018 Mets got off to such a great start, it’s almost impossible to accurately measure them based on the first two months of the season. Without the 11-1 race from Opening Day, they would have finished with a record much closer to the pitiful 2017 squad.

Baseball is a 162 game marathon. Over time, everything seems to equal out. Until all games are played, we won’t know for certain which team was better. Even then, there will be some debate.

The Mets experienced a major overhaul to the roster and front office from last year to this one. They brought in a lot of new players, promoted their best home run hitter to the major leagues, and tried to convince us the new management in charge would take them in a different direction. In the end, the record distinguishes whether this change was good not. Thus far, it doesn’t feel much different. To me, something is missing from the 2019 team.

Though the 2018 season is one you should not emulate, there were good moments we probably wish carried over. The team may eventually find those attributes, but for now, it seems to have been lost between the end of last year and the start of this one.

I do think the Mets are headed in the right direction. They have some talented young players. I’ve also convinced myself with enough losing, something will spark in the front office or with the men on the field.

The current season could end up a whole lot better if the Mets were able to somehow reach back one season and take these assets with them.

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