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New York Mets: Five important lessons we learned in 2019

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 29: J.D. Davis #28 of the New York Mets celebrates with Michael Conforto #30 after hitting a two-run home run to center field in the first inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field on September 29, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 29: J.D. Davis #28 of the New York Mets celebrates with Michael Conforto #30 after hitting a two-run home run to center field in the first inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field on September 29, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 27: J.D. Davis #28 and Dominic Smith #22 of the New York Mets celebrate after Davis’s home run in the fourth inning of their game against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field on September 27, 2019 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)

The young core is a recipe for success – Nick Kyriacou

The 2019 season was a rollercoaster of a year for Mets fans – one that saw many highs and far too many lows. But on the bright side, despite multiple injuries to their starters, fans were able to experience the true depth embedded into this dynamic roster.

And let’s be clear about the Mets young core – it’s really good. They show energy, excitement, and passion for the game while generating as much from their fans every time they take the field.

Let’s shout them out, starting with our 2019 All-Stars: Jacob deGrom, Pete Alonso, and Jeff McNeil – or to describe them another way – our reigning CY Young award winner (who could very well repeat the honor this season after an exceptional 2019 campaign), a sure-fire Rookie of the Year candidate, and a strong contender for the NL Batting Title.

On top of these Major League stars, the Mets are also rocking with J.D. Davis, Michael Conforto, Amed Rosario (the often-overlooked member of the young core), and Brandon Nimmo, as part of their second-tier impact players going into 2020. Next comes the pitching staff, who all managed to stay healthy throughout most of 2019’s turmoil.

Overall, we witnessed the emergence of this talented group of self-motivated young players who, put together, created a recipe for success. Don’t believe me? Just look at the second half they put together and how they miraculously bounced back from a lackluster 40-50 first half of the season to finish 86-76 by the end – and all without throwing their terrible bullpen under the bus.

That’s the sportsmanship that comes with being great teammates!

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In years past, the Mets have operated with the belief that pitching was their only trump card. But in 2019, it was a lethal combination of starting pitching, backed up by a potent lineup, that made Mets fans remember their popular slogan, “Ya Gotta Believe.”

After an anti-climactic and rather disappointing end for those fans who did believe, the Mets faithful should keep believing right into the 2020 season when there will be no excuses for anything less than a postseason berth.

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