It's over. The New York Mets are gone for the year. The next time we see a live Mets game it'll be 2024.
What happens in these next few dead months? The rest of October is for the playoffs. November is typically a time for minor moves and internal decisions. December is for the bigger ones.
The Mets season ended more prematurely than imaginable when the 2023 roster was assembled. A whole lot of turnover and not in the best of ways has this October 2 serving as a day of reflection and eulogizing. Exactly what is it we're paying our respects to? The death of another season and spring’s arrival of some changes.
The death of the NY Mets platoon at DH
Farewell not so old friend. You weren't very good in 2022 and you were worse off in 2023. The concept of platooning Daniel Vogelbach at the DH spot needs to get buried 12 feet underground instead of the stereotypical 6. Make sure this never happens again. Get an everyday DH or use it as an opportunity to get some players’ feet off the ground for half the game.
The death of thinking quantity of starting pitching depth is enough
There was no shortage of starting pitching depth for the Mets. They always had someone to turn to. Unfortunately, the usual suspects got off to a bad start. Tylor Megill and David Peterson are nice to have around to give you a chance at staying in the game. Each reminded us in 2023 that there's a hard cap on talent. While they didn’t cause the complete catastrophe of the starting pitching staff, they did little to help in the first few months of the season.
The death of the NY Mets signing starting pitchers to short and expensive contracts
Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander won't have a single Mets fan in attendance to cheer them on when they enter Cooperstown. Their sad ending with the Mets assures us that the short term and extremely expensive mercenary starting pitcher is dead in Queens and maybe on life support everywhere else. It will happen again, probably with the Los Angeles Dodgers handing out one-year deals forever to Clayton Kershaw.
The death of the GM wielding the power
Billy Eppler will remain in the general manager role with a major caveat; he has to answer to the new President of Baseball Operations, David Stearns. Eppler can continue to offer his insight, but it's not only Steve Cohen who'll have to agree before those moves are completed. The GM position in New York, while they have a POBO, will see two letters a lot more: an N and an O right next to each other. As his last act without having to officially report to Stearns, he fired Buck Showalter. It was a move we all saw coming and helped pave the way for whatever is next.