Why Mets fans can be hopeful for a bright future sooner than later
By Leen Amin
New York Mets fans have heard it before; the future is bright. This time, it really does look good.
After a then-rated successful offseason, the New York Mets are currently the second-worst team in the National League behind only the Miami Marlins. They are also one of only three teams currently out of the NL Wild Card race.
The trade for Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz has appeared to be a waste, so far. Justin Wilson has not benefited the team in any way. Bringing back Jeurys Familia is looking like it was a mistake. Jed Lowrie is nowhere to be seen and is, apparently, not close to even making a rehab start.
Manager Mickey Callaway does not happen to have a clue as to what he is doing. The team is making headlines for drama with other teams as well as the media. 40% of the Mets’ starting rotation do not like to have Wilson Ramos behind the plate during their starts.
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Of course, we can’t forget to mention the bullpen, which is the worst in the league and worst in team history.
Mets fans have grown accustomed to seeing their team thrive in the first month of the season only to collapse shortly after, so this is nothing new. While nothing seems to be going right for the Mets, there is actually still a great deal of hope for them.
Your 2019 Home Run Derby winner Pete Alonso has rocked MLB and could become the face of this franchise for years to come. Any speculation about his potentially problematic defensive performance at first base is all in the past, and the kid is going to end up having one of the most dangerous bats in baseball.
The versatile Jeff McNeil is currently the NL’s best hitter and has been showing how fantastic his offense is since getting called up last season. He leads the entire league in batting average and is also third all-time in hits through a player’s first 500 career at-bats.
The reigning NL Cy Young Award winner, Jacob deGrom, is signed through the next five years. Seth Lugo is solid and has become the team’s best reliever. The young Michael Conforto is one of the team’s few, and much needed, power hitters.
The acquisition of J.D. Davis has proven to be the best offseason move the Mets made, as his offense has been tremendous. We should not be surprised to see the Mets re-sign him, especially since he is still quite young.
Brandon Nimmo was not having a great season and is currently injured but his presence in the clubhouse is great and he consistently makes an offensive impact. Dominic Smith is finally enjoying a breakout season and the Mets need to lock him down for the future.
We also can’t forget that the Mets are continuing to improve their farm system. Shortstop Andres Gimenez is the team’s top prospect as well as the fifty-eighth best in baseball. Shortstop Ronny Mauricio and pitcher Anthony Kay are also both ranked in baseball’s top 100 prospects.
The Mets were also one of the most successful teams in the 2019 MLB Draft. They drafted arguably the best bat in the draft in Brett Baty and were able to steal first-round talent in the third round by selecting Matthew Allan, as well as drafting many other promising players.
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While we probably will not see the Mets in the postseason this year, it is undeniable that the team has a great core. Some of the most important pieces are already there, the organization just has to build around them. It may feel like everything is a disaster for this team right now, but whether we want to admit it or not, the future is bright.