The beauty of this year’s New York Mets squad is that you can nitpick where things are going wrong without having to worry about whether or not this team will make the playoffs unlike past years. However, with the season the Mets are having, it may be time to look at potential areas on the roster that could derail their season and prevent them from winning the World Series.
Mets roster hole No. 1: Left-handed reliever (or lack thereof)
The Mets will have to face some key left-handed power hitters come October if they want to win the World Series. Examples include: Matt Olson and Michael Harris of the Braves, Bryce Harper and Kyle Schwarber of the Phillies, Juan Soto of the Padres, and Freddie Freeman, Max Muncy, and Cody Bellinger of the Dodgers. That’s a lot of real estate that may go up against the Mets come October, with some of the scariest sluggers in the National League.
The lefty relievers on the active roster now are Joely Rodriguez, who has been wild all season, and Nate Fisher, who worked in finance 14 months ago. As impressive as Fisher was in his debut on Sunday in Philadelphia, you can’t expect him to replicate that result at all times.
Now, the Mets have someone in Eric Orze in Triple-A that can come up and neutralize lefties with his splitter, but throwing him right into the fire under pressure in October is a remarkably tall task.
If there is a spot late in a game when any of the aforementioned sluggers from National League rivals is at the dish, it should make Mets fans nervous about any swing they take.