New York Mets 2019 season already feels over in mid-June
By Tim Boyle
A rough stretch for the New York Mets and a continued repeat of losing games the same way has convinced me the 2019 season is over.
We haven’t even reached the Fourth of July and I feel a sharp, piercing pain in my back. It’s this baseball team and what they do to us all. Falling further out of contention each week, everyone who planned to watch the New York Mets this year has a tough pill to swallow: the season is over.
Four games below .500 with 90 left to play usually doesn’t mathematically eliminate a squad from roaring back. This is far from the case with this Mets team. Still very much alive from a numbers viewpoint, our eyes and hearts tell us the harsher truth.
In case you’ve been lucky enough to miss it, the Mets are suffering through another year of injuries. Many of their regulars are playing below expectations. The starting rotation is not particularly strong and the bullpen makes Chernobyl look like Paris. Things are bad. There’s no reason to believe it will change.
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At 34-38 following Monday’s loss versus the Atlanta Braves, I can confidently say there’s a fork stuck in this team. They’re done.
It’s not their record or how they’ve been which has finally convinced me to delete all of my future ideas of targeting bullpen help at the trade deadline. What has convinced me this is another selling season in the summer is the length of this poor play.
The last time the Mets were above .500 was on May 2nd following Noah Syndergaard’s terrific 1-0 shutout performance against the Cincinnati Reds. They followed that up by getting swept by the Milwaukee Brewers. Ever since, it has been a battle to get back to an even record. In all of those wars, they have never gone above the .500 mark.
Plenty of good teams will fall below .500 then come back from the ashes. Those teams, however, tend to put more in the win column then never look back. This team is continually teasing with a .500 record every few weeks only to slip away again.
There’s no one person to blame for this. Mickey Callaway has made bad decisions and lost them games. Brodie Van Wagenen failed to give them the talent they needed. Better transactions by him and this team is in a position to compete.
We can point our fingers plenty at everyone who has put this ball club on the wrong track. From Jeurys Familia’s disastrous season to the year-long slump from Robinson Cano. There’s no shortage of blame.
Baseball is about the sum of a team’s parts. Though we’ve been treated to a possibly historical year from Pete Alonso, a stellar start from Jeff McNeil, and the emergence of Dominic Smith, leading the storylines of 2019 is how hard it has been to win games.
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The Mets have left us with reasons to continue following them for the rest of 2019. Sadly, it has nothing to do with the winning and everything to do with how individuals perform.