It’s a new New York Mets team, as it seems. When has anyone been able to say that the Mets are in a better playoff position than their cross-town rivals, the Yankees? They lead the NL East towards the end of the season and are on pace to record a better second-half, despite dealing with some pretty frustrating injuries.
Coming into the deadline, the Mets’ biggest needs seem to be under the scope of pitching. Everyone knows that to win playoff games, pitching gets it done. As it looks right now, the Mets are poised to have more starting pitching than they might end up needing, but even if starters can help out of the bullpen, that’s a plus.
The offense seemed to be underperforming, but right out of the All-Star Break, the Mets turned that around. Pete Alonso continues to just rake. By the end of the season, he might have the NL home run lead, especially with Acuña’s injury.
Entering the trade deadline, the Mets were looking to beef up their roster and make a big push towards the playoffs.
Still, the Mets could use a bat. Names that came up were the Rockies’ Trevor Story, the Cubs’ Javier Baez or Kris Bryant, Texas’ Joey Gallo, and a few other names. It looked like the Tigers might be willing to part with one of their surprise talents, whether it was first/second baseman Jonathan Schoop or outfielder Robbie Grossman. It seems like Detroit is opting to keep them instead. Grossman could potentially provide some serious help in an outfield role, considering Michael Conforto’s struggles at the plate.
Steve Cohen’s Mets were poised to make a big splash at the MLB trade deadline. There’s no shortage of money and Cohen wouldn’t stop at much to win a World Series. So how did the Mets do? Let’s grade every deadline move.