3) The Mets were a well-balanced team at the plate and on the mound
The Mets didn’t win all of their games because of their offense. They didn’t claim victory exclusively because of their pitchers either. The Mets were actually a well-balanced ball club.
They scored the fifth most runs of any MLB team. Their starting pitchers had the fifth best ERA. Finishing number five in both of these statistics is pretty good. There’s room for improvement. It’s a nice place to start from.
Teams that go into the offseason more unbalanced have a far greater task ahead of them. The Mets should be looking to improve the number of runs they can score. They should also fortify the starting rotation as best they can. Bringing back guys and looking for suitable replacements is how you do the latter.
One single factor didn’t end the Mets’ postseason run. This can be taken positively or negatively. Looking at it from a glass half full perspective, it’s more realistic to get a little better in two spots than to overhaul one.
The 2022 Mets didn’t have one single strength which had to carry them—as much as we had expected it to be the Jacob deGrom-Max Scherzer combination at the top of the rotation. This team won in a variety of ways. Add a little power, keep the rotation strong, and for goodness sake, improve drastically at the trade deadline, and things should be go well for this team in 2023.