Is it time yet? We all know that the Mets came up short in 2015 losing in the World Series in just 5 games, and an injury filled 2016 season left them faced against playoff pitching guru Madison Bumgarner, in a demoralizing win or go home style Wild Card game.
Yet all that is in the past now, and what makes baseball so great and all sports for that matter, is the quick turnaround between seasons. As a fan, you can feel as low as it gets for weeks, and maybe even months (I hope not), but knowing that a new season is on the horizon, helps turn that frustration and disappointment into hope.
Spring training is quickly approaching, and for everyone who loves the Mets; the players, the management and the fans, it’s about that time again. It’s the time to mentally prepare for the upcoming season that is about to unfold (easier said than done) and brace yourselves for both the highs and lows that we all know each season will bring. The walk-off wins, the blown saves, the uncontrollable injuries and the emphatic individual performances are all on their way and there is nothing we can do to stop it.
The New York Mets are heading into the 2017 season with high expectations, similar to those that they faced the past couple of years now, yet this season and the mood surrounding this team seems to have a different ring to it. It certainly feels like this is the year that the New York Mets must capitalize.
The 2015 World Series appearance, prompted by acquiring Yoenis Cespedes at the trade deadline, gave us a glimpse of how good this team could truly be with some power in the middle of the lineup.
Building off of the late season success in 2015, it appeared as if the 2016 World Series was ours for the taking, yet injuries to David Wright, Matt Harvey, and Lucas Duda, among many others, quickly led us off the path of believing we can win the World Series, and steered us in a direction where a mere playoff berth gave off the impression of being out of reach.
As the 2016 season neared its end, with the Nationals all but crowned NL East champs, the Mets, for the second straight season, showed that they had the will to win, and could do so this time with multiple of their star players being sidelined by injuries.
This display of fight and determination, grouped together with the strong camaraderie developed by the players, led the Mets to a surprising and promising 1st place Wild Card finish. Although the 2016 New York Mets playoff run lasted just one game, it undoubtedly proved to the baseball world that once again, the New York Mets are very close to being back on top.
Now as the 2017 season sits right around the corner, and with the Mets looking far and away healthier than they did last April, it seems as if the Mets can run the table once again.
With an encouraging starting lineup anchored by Yoenis Cespedes, a starting rotation led by Noah Syndergaard, the return of many key players from injury such as Matt Harvey, and with a bench headed by fan favorite and super utility man Jose Reyes, the Mets seem ready for greatness.
Thankfully the season is right around the corner, so what do we think?
Are the Mets ready?