In what seemed to be a promising season in the first half, the New York Mets have collapsed in the second half and will miss the playoffs. There are many reasons for that. Things like injuries, poor decisions by Luis Rojas, and a lack of timely hitting all come to mind.
To me, the biggest reason the Mets will be home in October has to do with players who underperformed.
In my opinion, the MVP of the 2020 Mets was Dom Smith. He slashed .316/.377/.616 with 10 home runs and 42 RBI. I expected him to be a key contributor to a really good offense this season with a full-time role in left field.
This has not happened and he has lost his starting role entirely. He is the only Met from the projected lineup to remain off of the injured list and has disappointed. His OPS dropped from .993 to .666. It is late September and he still had more extra-base hits in the shortened 60 game season than he has this year in 258 more at-bats.
His WRC+ has plummeted from a superstar level of 166 all the way down to 83. As the only Met regular to stay healthy, Smith really had to be better this season. He has gone from someone the Mets had to build around to someone who might be on a new team after the year.
The lack of offensive production accompanied by poor play in left field made Smith borderline unplayable this season which is quite the turnaround from where he was in 2020.