Why open yourself up to the only options of offering a treat and receiving a trick if you don’t provide one? Halloween is a holiday set up for mischief. It’s a rarity for the day to include any talk of New York Mets baseball aside from a look ahead to the offseason.
Before October ends and the guy from Green Day has been awake for a full month, let’s knock on a door together and take a look at two of the biggest tricks and two of treats the fans received this year.
The fans had their houses toilet papered thinking the Mets starting rotation would carry them
Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander should have been enough to give the Mets all of the strength they needed in the rotation. Backed by Kodai Senga, Jose Quintana, Carlos Carrasco, and a cast of characters behind them to provide the club with depth, there was little doubt the Mets pitching would be a strength. This was the ultimate trick of the season. Mets starting pitching was not very good at all.
Scherzer was by far the biggest underachiever. Carrasco had the worst year of anyone. Verlander, while he started slowly, found his rhythm. It was too late. The Mets had fallen far enough out of the playoff race for the front office to consider them buyers.
It was a dangerous game for the Mets for much of the year with the starting rotation. Anticipated injuries weren’t easy to overcome because of how lousy David Peterson and Tylor Megill were early on. They were without Quintana for much of the season. By the time he did return, the Mets were already planning to sell.
The starting rotation should have given us a fat Reese’s pumpkin. Instead, it toilet papered our houses. Be hopeful there isn’t rain in the forecast before you take it down.