An extremely frustrating season ended in all-too suitable style for the Mets on Sunday in Atlanta, as their offending ineptitude dogged them all escape the door to the offseason in a 5-0 nothing loss to the division-winning Braves.
Not that the video game actually mattered, obviously. Long because removed from postseason contention, the Mets were currently ensured of a second-straight losing season and the 4th in their last 5.
Still, the nothing — which included 3 hits, all songs — was one last tip of what failed for these Mets.
After all, this was a group that invested an overall of 114 days in top place however in retrospection was constantly strolling a tightrope, winning lots of a video game with late-inning magic in the very first half that stated as much about their failure to score runs regularly as it did about their grit.
And so, in the end, possibly the easiest method to discuss the 2021 Mets is to state they weren’t who we believed they were.
*The young core of position gamers underachieved terribly, conserve for Pete Alonso and Brandon Nimmo, raising the concern of simply which ones can be depended on moving on.
*Francisco Lindor didn’t struck like the super star shortstop the Mets gotten by means of trade last winter season and after that paid $341 million to secure for 10 more years.
*Of the other significant offseason acquisitions, Carlos Carrasco pitched to a 6.04 AGE when he lastly recuperated from a torn hamstring injury and James McCann played more like a backup catcher than a starter worth a four-year, $40 million agreement.
That produced a great deal of offending futility, as the Mets all season ranked at or near the bottom of the majors in scoring and ended up 27th, balancing 3.93 runs per video game.
As such, you might see difficulty coming, particularly when the very best pitcher in baseball, Jacob deGrom, went down with an elbow injury and didn’t proceed in the 2nd half of the season.
But a 29-45 second-half record? Nobody saw that coming.
However, the schedule got harder, particularly that 13-game stretch versus the Dodgers and Giants, and it ended up the Mets’ defects were exposed versus much better competitors, especially their level of pitching.
The beginning rotation pitched to a 4.93 AGE after deGrom’s last start on July 7, which ranked 20th in the majors throughout that duration. And the bullpen quit far a lot of huge crowning achievement as the Mets were attempting to remain in contention in August and September.
At the root of the collapse, however, was the ever-present absence of offense. It was such a problem early that the Mets fired striking coach Chili Davis on May 6, however that showed to have little result.
No one appeared more bewildered by the absence of offense than supervisor Luis Rojas, who consistently questioned the players’ method, particularly stating they didn’t look prepared to strike the fastball in huge circumstances with runners in scoring position.
Rojas made the very same point so typically that it appeared reasonable to question if he believed the Mets’ players were being overwhelmed with info to the point where they were searching for particular pitches in particular counts that left them susceptible versus hittable fastballs.
In any case, the secret of the missing out on offense tops the list of issues the Mets require to attend to entering into 2022.
Expectations throughout the company are that it will be an offseason of huge modifications, most likely start with Rojas. Sandy Alderson had actually currently provided a relatively strong indicator towards that result, keeping in mind the requirement to make such a choice even prior to he and owner Steve Cohen employ a brand-new head of baseball operations, and Rojas’ mournful tone after Sunday’s video game left the impression he wasn’t positive about returning.
From there, a lot will depend upon who does get worked with to take control of on the baseball side of the company. As SNY’s Andy Martino has actually reported, the Mets desire a prominent executive, a Billy Beane or a Theo Epstein, however whoever gets the task will require to get imaginative in discovering methods to enhance the lineup from leading to bottom by means of trades and totally free firm finalizings, as a lot of the company’s leading potential customers figure to be a minimum of another year far from assisting at the major league level.
Meanwhile, the Mets require pitching aid, depending upon what they make with their totally free agents-to-be Marcus Stroman and Noah Syndergaard, in addition to lefty Aaron Loup, who ended up being the very best reducer on the group.
But primarily they require to find out how to repair the offense. They might choose that the issues were an aberration, however it’s worth keeping in mind that a lot of the very same core gamers didn’t struck much with runners in scoring position in 2020, either. So while the Mets have no option however to hope a 2nd year in New York will treat what ailed Lindor in April and May, it would be a big gamble to count on a lot of bounce-back seasons from the similarity Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, J.D. Davis, and Michael Conforto.
With that in mind it’s important the Mets pursue difference-makers in the totally free representative market, significantly Kris Bryant, Nick Castellanos, or Starling Marte.
As for Javier Baez, re-signing him is an attracting concept, as he brings much-needed athleticism in addition to power from a middle infielder, however just how much he’s worth might depend mainly on whether his enhancements in plate discipline the last 6 weeks of the season were something that will stick in the long term.
In any case, there is a lot of time for all of that this winter season. For now, completion of a rather exasperating season most likely comes as a relief to many Mets fans. At least the waiting on this group to strike is lastly over.