It’s September 1, and even though there is a full month left in the MLB season, the New York Mets‘ season is all but over. They put up a valiant fight throughout the season and actually played better than average baseball for nearly full two months from June to August, but lately they’ve run out of steam and run out of bullets in their chamber.
The Mets’ problems started in early August with the injury to David Wright, which was a crushing blow to the team. While Wilmer Flores has done well at third base in his absence, there’s no replacing the Mets’ captain and best player in the lineup.
The Mets’ issues continued when closer Bobby Parnell went on the disabled list, which was a terrible loss for a bullpen that was already wearing thin. Parnell has still not returned from the DL, forcing the Mets to mix and match the back end of their bullpen, and there’s no guarantee that he’ll be able to return before the end of the season.
With the bullpen running thin, the Mets then had to deal with injuries to their starting rotation, first to Jeremy Hefner and Jenrry Mejia, and then more recently the injury to ace Matt Harvey, a truly crushing blow to the Mets.
Not too long ago, the Mets had a six-man rotation, but now they’ve had to move Carlos Torres from the bullpen into the rotation and resort to signing Daisuke Matsuzaka just to fill out their rotation.
Finally, there was the trade of John Buck and Marlon Byrd to the Pittsburgh Pirates. While the trade was a smart move in the long run, it takes away two of the Mets’ most productive players and two veteran leaders in the short run.
After a strong performance throughout much of June and July, the Mets have lost more than half a dozen of their best players to either injury or trade throughout the month of August, putting a swift and decisive end to any hopes of finishing the season with a .500 record.
For all intents and purposes, the 2013 season is over for the Mets. The month of September will essentially be extended spring training for the 2014 season as the roster is full of mostly young players trying to establish themselves and win a spot on the Mets roster next season.
The Mets put up a fight all season and haven’t quit on manager Terry Collins, but 2013 is over, and now it’s time to start thinking about 2014.