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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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MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN – MAY 04: Jeff McNeil #6 of the New York Mets shields his eyes from the sun in the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on May 04, 2019 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

Help on the Way

When all hope is lost, there’s always members of the minor league cavalry who can help salvage the year. In 2018, this franchise went from having one of the worst farm systems to having a halfway decent crop of minor league talent.

It’s not going as well in 2019. Pitcher Anthony Kay is the lone budding star knocking on the big league door calling for a big league promotion. Still, at Double-A, I would imagine the Mets will be wary of promoting him too soon. They don’t need one of the few young star prospects they currently own to blow out his arm in a season where they finish below .500.

We got to watch Pete Alonso and Jeff McNeil tear minor league pitchers apart last season. Even though we knew he wasn’t coming for a few more years, a future with Jarred Kelenic in the lineup was promising.

This season’s top minor league storylines have been about Kay, how great Carlos Gomez played in Triple-A for about two weeks, and Tim Tebow’s decline one level below the major leagues. There’s no help on the way for this ball club internally. They’re either going to need to do it themselves or reach outside the organization for it.

During the early part of 2018, it was fair to hope for a better year than the one it actually became. The elements were there. All of those “ifs” we now hate to hear, weren’t so ridiculous.

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The 2019 Mets are a much different squad with nothing to blame but their own poor play. Things could go better and everything may click the right way. I’m having a hard time, even then, convincing myself they have improved in the win column.

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