Coming off of two consecutive postseason appearances, The Hopes were high for the Amazin’ Mets heading into the 2017 season. An injury plagued season, coupled with a midseason fire sale of several of the teams better players, has turned the 2017 season into an unbearable mess.
2015 was a season of dreams for the Met’s faithful. They had a solid team, with great young talent. Then at the trade deadline, they added top tier outfielder, Yoenis Cespedes. The fan base was ecstatic over the deal, and watched the new addition lead them to their first World Series appearance in 15 years. In 2016, the team was also playing very good baseball, and added power hitter, Jay Bruce. Again, the Met’s faithful were excited for what was in store for their team, and with good reason. The Met’s made another postseason appearance, but lost in the Wildcard game. Then, 2017 happened.
The Mets have had an incredibly rough season this year. After coming off of two seasons that included trips to the MLB playoffs, the disappointment this year has been very difficult for the fanbase. What was supposed to be an incredible lineup, with very few holes, and the return of several injured young pitchers, this team was set up for another run at October baseball. Then, seemingly without warning, the Mets turned into a M.A.S.H. unit. At the risk of making this a very, very long piece, I have decided to make a full list of the team’s disabled list appearances. Normally I would include a link to their transactions, but I think it is needed here for context. See below (beginning April, 2). For those who may not know, the 10 day disabled list (DL) is reserved for players with minor injuries, and the player is expected to return in about a week or two. The player will not be eligible to return until at least 10 days from their last appearance in a game. The 60 day DL is for players who sustain more severe injuries, and are expected to miss significant time as a result of their injury. A player will not be eligible to return until 60 days from their last appearance in a game. Although a player is eligible to return, if the injury lingers, they are not required to return to the team until they are healed.
- David Wright (3B) – 10 day Disabled List (DL), later transferred to the 60 day DL
- Brandon Nimmo (OF) – 10 day DL, later added to the 10 day DL again
- Steven Matz (P) – 10 day DL, later added to the 10 day DL again and then later transferred to the 60 day DL
- Seth Lugo (P) – 10 day DL, later transferred to the 60 day DL, later added to the 10 day DL again
- Juan Lagares (OF) – 10 day DL, later placed on the 10 day DL again
- Wilmer Flores (IF) 10 day DL
- Lucas Duda (IF) – 10 day DL
- Yoenis Cespedes (OF) -10 day DL, later added to the 10 day DL again
- Noah Syndergaard (P) – 10 day DL, later transferred to the 60 day DL
- Travis d’Arnaud (C) – 10 day DL
- Jeurys Familia (P) – 10 day DL, later transferred to the 60 day DL
- Tommy Milone (P) – 10 day Dl, later transferred to the 10 DL
- Asdrubal Cabrera (IF) – 10 day DL, later placed on the 10 day DL again
- Neil Walker (IF) – 10 day DL
- Matt Harvey (P) – 10 day DL (also started the season on the DL)
- Zack Wheeler (P) – 10 day DL, later added to the 10 day DL again
- Robert Gsellman (P) – 10 day DL
- Michael Conforto (OF) – 10 day DL, later added to the 10 day DL again
- T.J. Rivera (IF) – 10 Day DL
- Jose Reyes (IF) – 10 day DL
Whew! I am pretty sure I was able to get them all, but who knows, I may have missed a few here and there. With all of that going on, Met’s manager, Terry Collins had to piece and part the team together. His young stud pitchers, who were supposed to be one of the best rotations in all of baseball, was in shambles. The powerful lineup was decimated for much of the season, and by the time they knew it, their season was practically over by mid season. That of course triggered the fire sales of talent at the trade deadline. The Met’s front office decided to dump the big salaries of their stars who were going to be free agents at the end of the year, and really didn’t get a whole lot in return. The Met’s let go of some of the biggest fan favorites, and some longtime Met players, to save a few bucks, and received not much more than a few minor league prospects who may never even see the big leagues. Infielder, Neil Walker was traded to the Brewers for a player to be named later; power hitting, outfielder, Jay Bruce was traded to the Indians for a low level pitching prospect; relief pitcher, Addison Reed was traded to the Red Sox for three possibly good minor league pitching prospects; Lucas Duda was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays for a minor league pitching prospect, and fan favorite, outfielder Curtis Grandson was traded to the Dodgers for a player to be named later…again, whew!
If anything good has come of all of this, the Mets were able to make room on their roster for top prospects Domenic Smith and Amed Rosario. Neither players are really providing the wow factor we were hoping for, but Rosario is playing pretty well overall and Smith has shown some power at the plate.
The once bright future Mets fans were looking forward to, seems pretty bleak right now. They are lacking any real excitement in their lineup, and their star pitchers are either battling injuries, struggling after injuries, or just kind of going through the motions. They will miss the playoffs by a very far margin this year, and will end the season with one of the worst records in the National League. But, with any sport, and any team coming off of a bad year, there is always next year!