Well New York Mets fans, the 2012 MLB season has now come to a close with a win against the Miami Marlins. Some may be happy that the dreaded second half has come to a close, others may simply look back and marvel several of the feats that were accomplished throughout the year. One thing that everyone should keep in mind is that while the Mets final record at 74-88 may indicate otherwise, 2012 presented us with many bright spots.
Ok, let me just preface this article by stating that I am not under the influence of any sort. Just think about it for a minute. Fans got to witness the Mets first no-hitter in franchise history on June 1st, compliments of Johan Santana. Forget for a moment what happened after that game with Santana. Fans also got to enjoy a wonderful ride that knuckleballer R.A. Dickey provided every fifth day, while pitching with a tear in his abdomen most of the year and still becoming the first Mets 20 game winner since Frank Viola in 1991.
The Mets were able to showcase the future with a solidly dominating RHP named Matt Harvey, along with relief pitchers Robert Carson, Josh Edgin, Jeurys Familia and once again, Jenrry Mejia. Do not forget about the second half offensive explosion from Ike Davis that produced ridiculous numbers. Pre-All Star break, Davis was hitting a miserable .201 with 12HR, 49RBI, .388SLG and .659OPS in 268AB. Post All-Star, he batted .250 with 19HR, 40RBI, .524SLG and .864OPS in only 248AB while raising his on base percentage by seventy points. Needless to say, he has been fun to watch.
David Wright became the Mets all-time hits leader, surpassing Ed Kranepool, and having a solid season although struggling after the All-Star break. So in all, the Mets may have concluded 2012 with another losing season, but there have been many positives to look back upon and know you were a part of it.
Dickey may very well win the NL CY Young award, the Mets may have found a short-term solution at catcher with Kelly Shoppach and OF Scott Hairston topped 20HR this year and may turn out to be an inexpensive piece moving forward.
You were also able to watch the transformation of Daniel Murphy into a serviceable second baseman and SS Ruben Tejada as a quality replacement for the departed Jose Reyes. The infield could be set for a few years and I believe the Mets will do all they can to solidify that.
The greatest notion that the Mets can bring into the offseason is the fact that they are stacked with quality starting pitching and a bevy of relievers that may help them in the trade market this off-season. GM Sandy Alderson will have a few decisions to make regarding the outfield for 2013, as well as if he will re-sign Wright and Dickey to be a part of the future. In the coming weeks, I will touch on these subjects more, but remember, 2012 was not a total waste.
Sometimes as a Mets fan, you just have to believe that it will get better. I can assure you that although the Mets will not break the bank for 2013, a couple of mid-level outfield pieces will make a huge difference with the pitching they do have. You will see these pieces come via trade and one thing all teams need is quality pitching, in which the Mets are plentiful. So keep your hope and remember, “You Gotta Believe.”
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