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Mets bullpen doomed them, but so did these three factors

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: Pete Alonso #20 of the New York Mets reacts after striking out looking during the sixth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field on August 25, 2019 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Teams are wearing special color-schemed uniforms with players choosing nicknames to display for Players' Weekend. The Braves won 2-1. (Photo by Adam Hunger/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: Pete Alonso #20 of the New York Mets reacts after striking out looking during the sixth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field on August 25, 2019 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Teams are wearing special color-schemed uniforms with players choosing nicknames to display for Players' Weekend. The Braves won 2-1. (Photo by Adam Hunger/Getty Images)
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CINCINNATI, OHIO – SEPTEMBER 22: Brandon Nimmo #9 of the New York Mets hits a home run during the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on September 22, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Bryan Woolston/Getty Images)

Injuries, yet again

The 2019 Mets were one of the healthiest ball clubs in recent memory. Still, several big injuries throughout the year ended up costing this team a chance at the postseason.

Although the Mets starting rotation stayed relatively healthy for the entire season, they lost plenty of production in the bullpen. Because he finished the season so strong, I think we forget Justin Wilson was on the IL for most of the first half. If the Mets had him for all 162—or at least close to it—I think we can easily say they have at least two more wins.

In addition to Wilson, the Mets also saw Seth Lugo land on the IL earlier this season. Again, losing him cost them some games. Instead of having the ability to hand the ball off to him, they had to rely on Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, and others who struggled in relief.

Several position players also suffered injuries this year. We didn’t see Jed Lowrie until mid-September and Yoenis Cespedes didn’t take the field at all.

Aside from those lost souls, long absences from Brandon Nimmo and Dominic Smith put this team’s depth to the test. Fortunately, J.D. Davis was able to step up in ways we couldn’t imagine. Other key Mets missed time, but not nearly enough to devastate their record.

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Every team will suffer their share of injuries throughout the season. It’s no excuse for this team, but it is a reason why October baseball will need to wait at least one more year.

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