That the Mets were in the playoff hunt up until the last week of the season is incredible. Incredible considering they lost every game in the month of June (seemingly). And incredible considering their closer coughed up more home runs than Pete Alonso hit (actually 15, but there’s still time). Oh, and miraculous given that their manager made enough bone headed in-game decisions to cost us 10 wins (okay, maybe five or six, but it feels like 20).
This team managed to finish (most likely) with the best record of any NL team not to make the playoffs because we had three All Stars who had spectacular seasons. And because we got good seasons out of Michael Conforto, Seth Lugo, Amed Rosario, Wilson Ramos (at least on one side of the ball), and Justin Wilson, plus surprise contributions from Dominic Smith and J.D. Davis. And miraculous health from their rotation with their top four starters each delivering at least 30 starts.
This up and down season has been both disappointing and encouraging. Except for maybe Zack Wheeler, all of these players will be back and joined by a healthy Jed Lowrie, Yoenis Cespedes and Drew Smith (remember him?). They’ll most likely be joined by a new manager and an upgraded coaching staff, as well as, hopefully, a few smart bullpen additions.
There’s no telling what Brodie Van Wagenen will do in the off-season, but there’s reason for optimism. This team has plenty of talent. A few smart moves and the Mets could and should be back in the playoffs in 2020.
Here’s to a fun season almost in the books and here’s to an exciting off-season of trade and free agent speculation and endless hot stove chatter on Mets360. Thanks to Brian for maintaining a place for smart Mets fans to vent and thanks to all of you for contributing to this amazin’ little community. Let’s go Mets!