2014 was a good rebuilding year for the Mets. After opening the season by getting swept at home, the Mets surprised observers with a strong stretch. Their raw numbers were awful. As April ended, their slugging percentage was by far the worst in baseball, and their opponents' OPS was about 100 points higher than their own OPS. And yet the Mets were 15-11.
They opened May by losing 8 of 9, and were down 3 in the ninth apparently on their way to another loss. But they turned it around, and then swept two in Yankee Stadium to get back to .500. They brought up Wilmer Flores, Rafael Montero and Jacob deGrom, moved Jenrry Mejia to the pen, released Kyle Farnsworth, demoted Omar Quintanilla, and swapped Josh Satin for Eric Campbell. Montero and Flores returned to the minors. deGrom, who had always been overshadowed by seemingly better young pitchers, pitched himself into Rookie of the Year discussions. Travis d'Arnaud was sent down, found his swing, and became the hitter the Mets had hoped for.
The Mets continued their ups and downs. In a reversal of April, the Mets spent the next few months outhitting and outscoring their opponents, but losing most of their games. Things started looking up again in July, where the young pitching excelled and the bats came to life.
They struggled again in August, before finishing strong. Lucas Duda heroics in the last 2 games helped Met fans enter the offseason on a high note for the first time in quite a while.
For more, see 2014.
3B: David Wright
OF: Juan Lagares
OF: Matt den Dekker
OF: Kirk Nieuwenhuis
Before the 2014 season, the Mets acquired outfielders Curtis Granderson and Chris Young and pitchers Bartolo Colon, John Lannan and Daisuke Matsuzaka. They were expected to trade one of their first basemen but didn't get the deal they were looking for. Sandy Alderson set a goal of 90 wins for the season, but few analysts considered that goal realistic, generally projecting the Mets to repeat the previous seasons' level of a few games under 500.
Perspective at end of 2013 season
The Mets' 2013 midseason surge and their young talent should make the next few years fun and exciting.
While in June the team seemed to have nothing but holes, a midseason surge and Minor League success give reason to believe that the pieces may be falling into place.
The likely 2014 initial rotation is expected to include Zack Wheeler Jonathon Niese, Dillon Gee, Jenrry Mejia and a veteran for the bottom of the rotation. By midseason, Rafael Montero and Noah Syndergaard may force their way in. In 2015, Matt Harvey should rejoin the crew.
About $50 million comes off the payroll this winter just from Johan Santana, Jason Bay and Frank Francisco. This is a small payroll team in a big market. They're expected to spend to add one or two corner outfielders and possibly a shortstop.
The Mets opened the season 24-39 before Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit the home run that ended Western Civilization. That began a 30-22 stretch. The previously atrocious outfield and bullpen turned it around, as did Ike Davis after an awful first half. Met fans saw young pitching reminiscent of the Mets' glory years. The optimism was marred by another late season collapse, hastened by injuries to their best players and the trade of Marlon Byrd.
2012 - 2013 Offseason
The Mets replaced David Wright's one year deal with an eight year, $138 million deal.
They then traded R.A. Dickey and catchers Josh Thole and Mike Nickeas to the Toronto Blue Jays for the Blue Jays' top prospect, catcher Travis d'Arnaud, their top pitching prospect, Noah Syndergaard, 18-year-old outfielder Wuilmer Becerra, and veteran catcher John Buck.
Also this offseason the Mets:
|July 4, 1985: Rainy Night in Georgia|
|July 21, 2004: David's Debut|
|May 31, 1964: 23 Inning Nightcap|
|Oct 6, 1991: Cone Fans 19|
The Mets had a great first half, entering the All Star break at 46-40. Then they collapsed, finishing the season at 74-88, 24 games behind the Nationals.
For more, see 2012.
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