The Mets are more than 10 games out of first place in the NL East and far enough out of the Wild Card that it will be a miracle if they can claim a spot. Their offense has been slacking all season and the bullpen is an inconsistent mess. Of course, the young players have succeeded in their roles and the veterans have been great role models for them. But let’s think back to this past offseason when General Manager Sandy Alderson promised the fans a 90 win season. The Mets can still technically win 90 games, but it will arguably be the greatest miracle ever to present itself in the history of sports. With 90 wins out of the picture, what will the rest of the season look like?
Just putting it out there: the Mets will not be in the playoffs this season. In fact, the Mets probably will not even hit the .500 mark. The team has a difficult schedule for the remainder of the season and they will be facing the Dodgers, Braves, and Reds all within the next two weeks (along with the Phillies and Marlins between the Braves and Reds series). The way I see things going, the Mets will go 15-19 for the remainder of the season, putting them a few games under .500 at seasons end.
Another thing to watch during the remainder of the season is the progress of Mets ace Matt Harvey. Harvey will not be pitching in the majors this season, but will continue to pitch in extended spring and rehab for the Mets. Right now, Harvey is being reassessed due to Jeremy Hefners’ set back after having the same surgery. I know what you are thinking: Hefner and Harvey are not the same pitcher, let alone on the same level of dominance. But still, the Mets see Hefner’s setback as a potential risk for Harvey, so they are changing his rehab process to protect him.
Finally, look out for Bartolo Colon and whether or not he will be on the Mets by season’s end. Any player can be traded if they clear waivers until the end of the regular season. With Chris Young officially released, Colon is now the go to player on the Mets to be moved by the end of the season. Organizations such as the Baltimore Orioles, Milwaukee Brewers, and Kansas City Royals could all benefit from receiving a player such as Colon who is an innings eater and still a dominant pitcher despite what people say. Will he be moved? Probably not until the offseason, if ever, but it would not be the worst idea for the Mets to try and get a few prospects and/or major leaguers in return for him.
The Mets are not the team of the year, and not many people ever thought they would be. Despite being fed with false hope this past offseason with the “90 wins” comments, the Mets have still managed to fail expectations and are in fourth place in the National League East. Again, the Mets could make the postseason this year, but it would take one giant miracle for that to even come close to happening.