2) NY Mets put all of the trust they could in the starting rotation
Putting your trust in the starting rotation is not a bad approach toward winning. However, the Mets may have put a little too much faith that their starters could get it done.
It’s easy to look back and reflect on this now given how things went. Who would have imagined Max Scherzer would have been as ineffective in his Mets postseason debut? The problem is that in a short three-game series it only takes two wins to advance.
New York will face a big challenge this offseason in turning the direction of this team. Because they do have so many free agent starting pitchers, they will need to try to at least retain some of them or find a suitable replacement. The starting rotation was good throughout the regular season until around the very end when they couldn’t give the team quite enough.
The Mets may have found themselves a little off-balance by the end of the year. The offense was rarely one an average fan believed in enough. While we shouldn’t expect the Mets to become a completely different type of team with mashers and bashers from top to bottom in the lineup, they clearly do need a different approach on offense. Having the National League batting title winner doesn’t do enough if you can’t score runs in the biggest of moments.