Mets: Three important lessons the team had to learn in 2020
The New York Mets struggles that occurred in 2020 can be attributed to three key lessons they can learn from this offseason.
There was plenty for the New York Mets to learn about themselves even in a truncated season that felt anything but normal. Despite there being no crowds at the ballpark, players who are not playing sitting in the stands, or even members of the organization having to undergo consistent Covid-19 testing before being allowed at the ballpark, at the end of the day it was still the beautiful game of baseball between the lines.
The Mets ultimately fell short of the postseason for the fourth season in a row and there were a few factors that led to another disappointing season that was once filled with hope and promise during summer camp in July. Taking Yoenis Cespedes and Marcus Stroman’s departures out of the equation the Mets still had a team built to contend for the division title this season, but too many ugly common themes reared their ugly head throughout the season.
The Mets were unable to build off the momentum that carried them at the end of the 2019 campaign and had many analysts around baseball believing the Mets were a legitimate threat to win the National League East. Not all hope is lost, however, as the Mets have a young nucleus of players, the best pitcher in baseball, and a new owner coming into town that’s going to spend big to win.
But going back to this past season, I wanted to look into three key lessons that the Mets can learn from this past campaign in terms of the glaring issues that consistently plagued the ballclub throughout the 60 game season. With the Mets learning from these lessons and correcting them they can establish themselves as the contenders that we all believed in coming into this season.