It’s been a interesting year to say the least for the Mets and their fans. The pendulum has swung from elation at the performance of Matt Harvey to frustration at the sometimes ridiculous play of the bullpen. We have been treated to the “crash and burn season” of Ike Davis and the surprising resurgence of Marlon Byrd. Zach Wheeler has shown flashes of what could ultimately be stardom and Ruben Tejada has been a huge disappointment. I have a few questions to be raised.
Question 1…Will the Mets do with Matt Harvey, what the Nationals did with Stephen Strasburg? It’s probably a good bet they are going to limit Harvey’s starts and innings to protect the young ace from any undue physical abuse. Of course the monkey wrench in their plan could be if the team continues to cruise along at their present winning pace. They could find themselves in a battle for the last wild card spot in which case do theu up Harvey’s innings to try and win that spot? The opinion here is they will not even if that spot is attainable. Sandy Alderson is undoubtedly thinking long term and wouldn’t want to jeopardize Harvey’s health for a fleeting moment in the sun. Of course I don’t see the Mets making a realistic run in 2013 with the lack of outfield depth and middle relief we’ve seen all season. Harvey will get limited time.
Question 2…What the heck is up with the once promising Ike Davis? This guy is driving Mets management and fan insane with his second consecutive perplaxing season.He is till struggling to get his average up to .200; the home runs have been few and far between; and Josh Satin is hitting over .320 last time I looked. The Mets insist Ike is part of the new core of regulars going forward but with his putrid play I’m wondering how long they can put up with his lack of production. The once “can’t miss” rookie of a few years ago is looking more and more like a classic bust. Too bad. Liked his defense and his RBI punch which are two qulities we have not seen at first base since a guy named Hernandez was manning that spot.
Question 3…Should the Mets look to cash in a couple of trade chips before season end or wait for the big makeover in 2014? I don’t think they have the talent to do much this year so I would wait till the off season for the wheelin’ and dealin’ to begin. We’ve waited this long…let’s not rush into any silly deals now.
Question 4…Speaking of Wheelin’ as in Zach…is this guy the real deal? The opinion here is yes and then some. He will probably continue to have an “on again”, “off again season” which to be expected at this point in his career. Give him time. He will fall on his face a few times…he will dazzle a few times…and next year he will be a lot more polished than he is now. I think he will win a few games through sheer talent and athletic ability. He still needs to learn how to pitch. I can see the Harvey-Wheeler tandem anchoring the top of the Mets rotation for years to come.
Question 5….Travis d’Arnaud? This guy needs to play this season. Even if he only notches games the last 5 weeks. We need to see him field…we need to see him hit. This guy is projected as a MAJOR piece of the Mets puzzle going forward. Hopefully his injury bug will go away and he can resume his career path. As in the case of Zach Wheeler, he needs more time playing in the major leagues to get him up to speed. I believe d’Arnaud is going to be a great one.
Question 6…What about Terry Collin? I think Terry has done an admirable job considering the team he has to work with. I believe he should get a shot to manage the real team that they will become in 2014. Will he get that chance? Hate to say it but I don’t think he will. Too bad. He’s a fiery guy with a lot of baseball smarts and players seem to want to play for him.
- Mets Phenom Zach Wheeler Gets The Call (whosesportsblog.wordpress.com)
- Matt Harvey takes out his anger on Phillies as Mets ace dominates in 5-0 win (newsday.com)
- Matt Harvey asks Mets fans about Matt Harvey (newsday.com)
- Matt Harvey will throw between 200-210 innings in 2013 (metsblog.com)
- Ike Davis shows glimmer of hope at plate for Mets (nypost.com)