New York Mets fans have every right to be confident in this team. All 2022-year-long with the exception of only a small handful of days, they’ve been first place.
There were plenty of times when the Mets could have rolled over. Luckily, there hasn’t been an extended period of time where the Mets looked all that miserable. Even in the absence of Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer for large portions of the season, they’ve done what that 15-year décor in your kitchen says: kept calm and carried on.
If they do come up short though, we already know the issue. It’s the bats.
A cold snap from Mets hitters is what could lead to their downfall
The Mets know how to score runs but they also aren’t such a prolific indestructible offense in the same class as some other teams. This was never a team intended to win with their bats. It’s starting pitching and a steady bullpen that was meant to carry them to a parade.
As long as the Mets have Pete Alonso and Francisco Lindor producing and with men on base, they should find ways to score runs. However, if one of those hitters in the top or middle of the order gets freezing cold, the rest of the team may follow.
There’s still very little trust in either catch on offense, a lot of doubt about Eduardo Escobar, and many questions about the DH spot—particularly when Daniel Vogelbach sits because the Mets are facing a lefty. Three spots in the lineup with issues is problematic. It’s something they’ve overcome this year thanks to two of the league’s most prolific run producers and a few other guys in the same lineup that get on base at a spectacular rate.
We already know the picture on the screen if the Mets season has a sad 2022 ending. A low-scoring game with a single mistake by deGrom and no help from the offense is the tearful goodbye we can all imagine.
It’ll be up to the Mets hitters to make sure this won’t happen. They have a starting rotation we can rely on to keep them in the games. The bats must do the rest.