The New York Mets go into Monday, August 12 with a record of 54-61. Obviously a playoff berth, division or wild card, is highly out of the question, but that does not mean Mets fans do not have a lot of rooting interest in these next three games.
Today the Mets start a three-game series against the red hot Los Angeles Dodgers, who not too long ago were sitting in dead last in the NL West and are now running away with the division with a 67-50 record and a 7.5 game lead.
The Mets come in playing fairly well, but it’s not even close to what the Dodgers have been doing as they are 36-8 in their last 44 games. With Jenrry Mejia and Matt Harvey taking the mound this series plus the emergence of young position players like Juan Lagares and the very recently called up Wilmer Flores, just watching these guys play and what this team of youngsters can do against a Dodgers team that is on fire is worth the price of admission or just simply putting the game on TV.
Harvey has been spectacular all year with a 9-3 record, and that should be at least 15 wins if he had gotten some run support. And Mejia, who made his debut this season on July 26, is 1-1 with a 1.96 ERA and at one point was ranked higher than both Harvey and Zack Wheeler when they were all in the minor leagues. If Mejia can continue to shine, a starting rotation of Harvey, Wheeler, and Mejia in your top three looks amazing right now for the future starting as early as next season.
Also Lagares, who all year has been a great center fielder, has now come into his own as a hitter the more plate appearances he has gotten as the year has progressed batting .272 with three home runs and 24 RBI. Flores, who is currently replacing All-Star David Wright at third base while he is recovering from a hamstring injury, has only played six games so far and already has a homer and nine RBI.
With first baseman Ike Davis also starting to come around, I believe the Mets might teach Flores how to play the outfield. If that is the case then the Mets front office might not need to overpay for outfielders in the offseason and can just mainly focus on shortstop and their bullpen.
The way the Mets’ youth has been playing this year, I fully expect them to fight for a Wild Card spot next season. That is why I believe even though this season the Mets are out of playoff contention, all fans should still watch because this team is giving us fans a lot of hope for next season and the following years to come.