5 Reasons Why New York Mets Will Be Better In Second Half
5 Reasons Why The New York Mets Will Be Better In The Second Half
Let’s face it: the first half of the season did not go the way the New York Mets wanted it to go. No one was expecting them to be the toast of the National League, but at this point last season, the Mets were competitive and at least within striking distance of a playoff spot, even though they fell off in the second half and ended up being as mediocre as they were expected to be. This season, however, the Mets began their nosedive early in the season and put themselves out of contention before the season was even two months old.
But perhaps the Mets will be able to avoid a sluggish second half this season and actually improve their play after the All-Star break. The Mets have shown the ability to play .500 baseball at times, and with a little bit of good fortune, they might even be able to play a little better than that. However, they have been dreadful at other times and looked like one of the worst teams in MLB, even worse than the pathetic Miami Marlins.
So which Mets team will show up during the second half of the season? Well, the Mets were on the upswing heading into the break, winning 17 of their final 28 games, and if they can carry that momentum forward, there is hope that they will be a better team in the second half of the season. Here are five reasons why the Mets should have a strong finish to 2013:
Everybody besides Matt Harvey has had some ups and downs, but the rotation has put it together and is now giving the Mets a chance to win on a daily basis. Quietly, Jeremy Hefner was one of the best pitchers in baseball during the month of June, while rookie Zack Wheeler ended the first half with the best outing of his young career. There are questions about how good Jon Niese will be when he gets back from injury, but the injury to Shaun Marcum will actually help the rotation and Carlos Torres should be able to hold it down until Niese comes back. The Mets have a chance to have five solid starters in the second half, which should lead to consistent play.
Wright is rarely a part of the Mets’ problems, but he’s always going to be a part of the solution. If the Mets play well in the second half, Wright is going to be a big reason why. He’s been a consistent performer for the Mets all season, and if he can get a little more help around him, he’ll be even better in the second half. He’s the team’s captain, and Wright will undoubtedly lead the Mets to brighter days.
Terry Collins' Influence
Towards the end of the first half, the Mets finally started to show the fight, and dare I say spunk, that is emblematic of their manager. The team is starting to embody the energy and the attitude of its manager, and it’s starting to payoff. If the Mets can keep up the effort in the second half that they’ve shown over the past month, they’ll avoid a second-half swoon that they’ve succumbed to the past several seasons.
The Mets were horrendous in the outfield for much of the first half, but Marlon Byrd has been phenomenal, and the addition of Eric Young Jr. has sparked the team. With Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Juan Lagares sharing center field, the Mets have been playing great outfield defense to go along with considerable speed in their lineup, which Young has provided as well. The New York outfield is no longer a black hole of production, and that will make them a better team in the second half.
Ike Davis Will Be Better
This is a bit hopeful, but until the last few weeks, the Mets got almost no production out of the first base position. If that can change in the second half, it’ll make a world of difference. Davis had a good second half last season and if he can repeat that this season, he’ll give the Mets a huge lift and make them a much better team. Of course there are no guarantees with Davis, but he has the talent to be a difference-maker.