If you were to tell me that on August 11 that the New York Mets would be sitting with a record of 52-62, I would think you were lying. Especially after this team won 101 last year. But, that's exactly where the 2023 Mets are standing right now in the NL East with the season all but over. This team had so many high expectations after spending so much money during the offseason which included bringing in veteran pitcher and CY Young award winner Justin Verlander to pair him with his former teammate, Max Scherzer.
Now, both Verlander and Scherzer along with many other veteran players who contributed a lot during the Mets playoff run in 2022 are all gone after the team choose to sell at the trading deadline. Despite the Mets deciding to be sellers this year, this team has a whole lot of questions about the rest of this season and beyond. But these three questions are ones that the Mets are going to have to get answers from sooner rather than later.
1. Will Mets closer Edwin Diaz return this season?
This really seemed to derail the Mets season before it even started. Mets All-Star closer Edwin Diaz fresh off signing a five-year, $102 million deal, suffered a freak injury during the World Baseball Classic after celebrating Puerto Rico's win over the Dominican Republic. The injury was supposed to sideline him for eight months which looked like would end his season before he even appeared in a game in 2023. But that may not be the case.
Ever since he had surgery to repair a right patellar tear, he's been making immense progress during his rehab and has not ruled out pitching again this year. But with the Mets out of contention, many are wondering if it's really worth it for him to come back and play meaningless baseball. Now I get that many would feel that way especially since Diaz has rushed back from this injury, if he is indeed healthy, why not let me pitch? It can give the Mets and their fanbase something to be happy about in a loss season and will give them a glimpse of what they will hopefully see next year.