3 biggest Mets winners and 3 biggest losers from the first half of the season

Winners and losers from the first half of the Mets season.
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Biggest NY Mets loser: The payroll department

Cost per win isn’t a statistic the Mets have excelled at this season. The good news is that’s not what matters. The bad news is it’s going to remain a storyline forever. When a team has a low payroll and wins, they get praised. When you spend as much as Steve Cohen did and the team doesn’t go undefeated, it’s a negative.

The loser here is the payroll department. They’ve had to sign some hefty checks throughout the season. Even Chris Flexen will have to file a W2 for the Mets.

Those big forearms the payroll department will gain from carrying those large paydays might have them feeling fit, however, the cost of having an overpriced team without the results in the first half of the season is too tough to deny. The team is barely relevant. Expanded playoffs are keeping them alive for what we’re all hopeful is a nice run.

Meanwhile, the payroll department is overworked without seeing the results on the field. Free agent signings from last year have already begun to age poorly. None maybe more frantically than Max Scherzer or maybe even Starling Marte who haven’t been quite the same.

The Mets deserve a big L for their first half performance when it comes to where they spent money and the results they’ve received. Maybe if they actually went a little further and had more competent relief pitchers this wouldn’t be the case.