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Mets: Players in their “last chance” season in hope of a turnaround

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 23: Steven Matz #32 of the New York Mets reacts on the mound after surrendering a sixth inning grand slam home run against Jorge Alfaro #38 of the Miami Marlins at Citi Field on September 23, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 23: Steven Matz #32 of the New York Mets reacts on the mound after surrendering a sixth inning grand slam home run against Jorge Alfaro #38 of the Miami Marlins at Citi Field on September 23, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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PHILADELPHIA, PA – AUGUST 31: Steven Matz #32 of the New York Mets reacts after giving up a single to Scott Kingery #4 of the Philadelphia Phillies in the sixth inning of a game at Citizens Bank Park on August 31, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Mets defeated the Phillies 6-3. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

These three members of the New York Mets organization may only have one more year to prove themselves.

Every year a new season starts and every year there is a new list of players made that are in make-or-break seasons. The 2020 New Yor Mets season brings exactly that and this year there are three main players on the list.

Whether it is their last chance to keep their spot on the major league roster or just a spot in the Mets system, it is an important year for three players in particular.

Each of these three players is on this list for very different reasons and have to do very different things to try and remain a member of the New York Mets organization. Only they can decide their fate and for each of them, I hope that they step up to the plate and prove the doubters wrong.

Steven Matz

There is always something with the Long Island product. Whether it is the injuries, or the bad stretches, or the temper on the mound there is always something that prevents Steven Matz from reaching his full potential.

Matz was such a highly regarded prospect, both out of high school and in the Mets minor leagues. He impressed right out of the gate in his MLB debut and then he re-caught the injury bug that plagued him so much in the minor leagues.

He only made 22 starts in 2016 and then 13 in 2017.

He finally stayed healthy each of the last two seasons making 30 starts in both 2018 and 2019 but the results were just lackluster. Matz posted a 3.97 ERA over 154 innings in 2018 and a 4.21 ERA over 160.1 innings in 2019.

The inflated ERA’s is partly due to the number of home runs he gives up and the composure he lacks on the mound when he gets into trouble. Matz is notorious for getting in his own way after struggling. This prevents him from having a short-term memory and shaking off a bad pitch or sequence of pitches.

If Matz could just keep him cool on the mound and try to pitch to groundballs more he would most likely have a much higher rate of success and it may even save his Mets career.

Hopefully, in 2020 he can put everything together and make the Mets rotation even more dominant than it is already perceived to be.

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