These 3 Mets decisions led to the team's season spiraling out of control

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As we move past the halfway mark of the 2023 Major League Baseball season, there is plenty of blame to go around in regard to why the New York Mets are regarded as one of the biggest disappointments in recent memory. With a record-shattering payroll and proven Major League talent, the Mets have found themselves near the bottom of the National League standings.

I believe there are 3 decisions that helped contribute to the Mets' lack of success this season and where the majority of the blame outside of the players' performance could be highlighted. I believe one of the biggest issues for the Mets began this offseason.

1) First NY Mets poor decision: Lack of depth built in the bullpen

While General Manager Billy Eppler did a great job of securing Edwin Diaz for the foreseeable future as well as bringing in David Robertson and Adam Ottavino, there was no other real depth built in the bullpen to sustain any type of injury or performance issues. Once Closer Edwin Diaz went down back during the WBC, Robertson became the defacto closer and everybody's roles around the bullpen changed. Outside of Robertson, the entire bullpen has been an unmitigated disaster.

Billy Eppler had mentioned towards the end of the offseason that he wanted controllable arms to round out the bullpen to provide the Mets with roster flexibility. Well, the Mets got the roster flexibility they wanted, but they have dealt with performance issues from almost every single reliever they have thrown out on the mound.

Most of the time quantity doesn't equal quality and that is a huge area that the Mets missed the mark on this past offseason. I believe the front office would've approached the offseason completely differently if they knew what they knew now in regards to shopping in the discount aisle for bullpen depth with the way the season has gone.