Nobody raises the bar for the New York Mets more than owner Steve Cohen. It’s refreshing but should also cause some fans to think this might not be the best way to hype up the team. The higher the expectations, the greater the fall. I know a few Mets fans who feel like they break their spines every year.
Those expectations were immensely high this past season. Based on everything the club did over the winter and the players we saw returning, the 2021 season was supposed to be one with some deep October baseball.
Instead, many players failed to reach those lofty goals we set for them. So, to make things a little easier, I’m going to lower the bar for two players in 2022.
Honorable Mention: Let’s lower the bar for possible returning Mets J.D. Davis and Dominic Smith
Maybe we were kidding ourselves to think these two were as spectacular as they were in 2019 (Davis) and 2020 (Smith).
Each took a step or five back last season. Injuries played a large part in Davis’ struggles while Smith simply seemed to forget what made him so special a season earlier.
These two get an honorable mention because I have zero confidence either will be back in 2022. Odds are that one is but both can’t possibly find a spot on the team’s bench or much worse: in the starting lineup!
Either way, I’m preemptively lowering the bar for these two. And if they both end up getting traded, I’ll lower it for what the Mets can expect to get in return.