In the end, Mets suffered such a huge defeat that it was a later idea to exclude him from the playoffs. When they fell to Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday night, Mets ended the season for the fifth consecutive year without a playoff berth. It was the 33rd defeat in 50 games since the end of July.
Outfielder Michael Conforto told reporters at a press conference. “I wouldn’t say that. I think we fought. We didn’t win. But our guys — we are fighting every day.”
That’s fine; no one suggested that Mets didn’t try. But anyone can try it. Also, winning required talent, brain, and luck, and other teams had more than Mets.
This includes hosts of the National League Central and Brewers, Elimination Nights, who have fled with the National League Central to continue clinching their fourth berth after the season. Mets hasn’t played in the playoffs for more than two years and wants to overtake young Brewers architect David Stearns to play a baseball game.
But unfortunately, Stearns has a contract with Milwaukee’s stable, well-run organization. The Mets organization is still eager for those properties. When the Mets struggled to get the most out of the young elite pitching that led to the 2015 World Series, Stearns and Brewers developed enough pitching to do a deep plan in October of this year. bottom.
Of course, for Mets, the pennant run was as good as it got. Two of their precious starters from the mid-2010s, Zack Wheeler and Steven Matz, had a strong and healthy season, but neither of them works at the Mets anymore. Right-handed Jacob DeGrom and Noah Syndergaard do, but primarily as a phantom.
This season’s DeGrom statline can be read like a high-leverage relief fantasy. 92 innings, 146 strikeouts, 1.05 Unfortunately for the ERA Mets, DeGrom is a starter that puts all these numbers together before the All-Star Break. His arm could not withstand the tension of repeatedly whipping a fastball at 99 mph.
As the speed increases, the heat often increases and the mound time often decreases. The lessons learned by Cinderguard in the second season were lost in Tommy John’s surgery. Syndergaard and DeGrom may be back in the final week of the season, but that’s too late to help the Mets make the playoffs.
The fate of the team that missed the postseason seemed unlikely on July 31, when the Mets were 56-48 years old and took the lead in five games in the National League East. A week later, they lost their lead altogether, and when they were eliminated on Saturday, they were in first to nine games, the best of the season. Milwaukee completed the Mets 3-game sweep on Sunday.
The Atlanta Braves lead the division in part because its general manager, Alex Ansopolos, was active in the trade market in July.
Like DeGrom’s Mets, the Braves lost the best player injured in mid-July. However, when outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. tore the right anterior cruciate ligament, the Braves learned that he was over for the season, and Joc Pederson, Adam Duvall, Eddie Rosario, and Jorge Soler. Exchanged for an outfielder.
Mets did not clarify the status of DeGrom and added the starter Rich Hill to the rotation. Hill was doing well, and Mets’ largest trade acquisition in July, infielder Javier Baez, wept in September after auditioning for a new deal. But Mets didn’t help enough, as coach Luis Rojas suggested after Saturday’s defeat.
“In the second half, we played erratically. Unlike in the first half, we made a mistake,” Rojas said. “Unlike the first half, the pitching wasn’t the same. It was a bit of a hit, but the schedule was different. We came across a team that was gaining momentum. It’s a deadline to boost their attack. Did a good job. “
Rojas faces an uncertain future as Mets’ new owner Stephen A. Cohen, along with team president Sandy Olderson, is looking again for a baseball manager. This will be an important rework for Cohen after an embarrassing episode involving Jared Porter and Zack Scott. Porter was dismissed as general manager in January after sending dozens of lewd and explicit text messages to a female reporter while working for another team. While drunk.
Perhaps Cohen’s wealth and motivation can lure skilled veteran executives like Theo Epstein and Billy Beane into Citi Field. Perhaps his impulsive tweets, and the dysfunction of tissues that lived longer than Wilpon, would make the job less attractive than Cohen thinks.
But Mets needs to identify why many batters, such as Confort, Francisco Lindeau, James McCann, Jeff McNeil and Dom Smith, fell short of expectations in 2021. Baseman Pete Alonso, Jonathan Villar in the infield — no one stayed healthy and gave the Mets what they wanted.
“We have great players,” Confort said. “The tough year of the year does not define these people.”
Say this for Mets: they never lack confidence. But after more tough years, you need to wonder how great those players are and who is left to make them better.