Mets Fall in a Slump

 

Staff Writer: Matthew Sanchez 

The New York Mets have not been what was expected after making the world series in 2015. They lost to the Kansas City Royals, but it was their best season, finishing at 90-72. It was there best season since 2006 in which they won the division and finished the season 97-65.  

After coming up short in the World Series, they were expected to come out and be just as strong the next year and win the division and have a chance at a World Series. They came up short and lost in the Wild Card round of the playoffs, and finished with a record of 87-75. Overall, it was not a bad season, but it was not what they wanted.  

This season was awful. They thought they could be a solid team again, but injuries have hurt the team bad. With 22 games left, they are 61-79 and 25 games back from first place in the division. Pitching has been struggling this year. The pitching rotation led by Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Steven Matz and Noah Syndergaard. The past two years this rotation was a top rotation in the league. This year they have not lived up to the hype. Closer Jeurys Familia was a dominant closer until getting suspended after testing positive for steroids.  

The Mets bullpen has not been strong in years, and it continues to need help. Steven Matz has been hurt and won’t return this year, and Noah Syndergaard could be done for the season as he is on rehab assignment now. Jacob deGrom has been the only pitcher to stay healthy and do good this year. Matt Harvey has been struggling with shoulder injuries and has been on and off the DL. Even when he has been healthy and started, which has only been 15 games, he has a 5-4 record and a career high era of 5.82. This season has not been a good one for the Mets pitching staff. 

The rest of the Mets roster has also had some trouble. “The Captain”, David Wright has been struggling with injuries and might be heading towards the end of his career. He has been leading the Mets for years and he has not and will not play a game this year. He’s been dealing with shoulder injuries for a while, but he is not giving up and had another surgery to try and get back on the field. He is doing everything he can to come back healthy and help the Mets and the third base position.  

Yoenis Cespedes has also been hurt most of the year, and he was expected to be a big part of the team. The Mets have been struggling at other positions as well. Wilmer Flores, Asdrubal Cabrera, Juan Lagares and Travis d’Arnaud were supposed to be the leaders of the team this year. They have not lived up to what they were supposed to be.  

Overall, this is not the Mets year. They need to do something with their team. They have been struggling a lot this year in every category. Injuries have really hurt them and most of the strong players have some sort of injury. They should make a trade, pick up a free agent or cut some players. I think that they should try and trade a pitcher to free up some money and get another strong player to help the team.The Mets need to do something and stay healthy to become the team they were two years ago.  

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