New York Mets Heading Toward a Brighter Future

By Mike Cifarelli
David Wright
Joe Camporeale – USA TODAY Sports

The New York Mets haven’t seen success in a number of years now, but that could be changing very soon. Over the past couple of years the Mets have begun to reload. Even with Matt Harvey missing the entire 2014 season this upcoming year can be the turning point the franchise has been looking for.

First, let me introduce myself. I’m new to the Rant Sports team. Sports are my thing, especially baseball. However, I am not a Met fan, but rather a New York Yankees fan. If there is one thing that qualifies me for writing about the Mets it’s that I grew up watching them as well as that other team. My name is Michael and I graduated from the University of New Haven with a degree in Communications. I wrote my own sports blog for some time about a variety of topics.

In any case, the Mets’ 2013 season can be summed up as promising. There wasn’t much success to brag about, but the bright spots showed that this team is heading in the right direction. Pacing can be key. Although the Mets are a big market team, the actions of the team have been been more like a low or mid-market by avoiding signing big free agents and letting a guy like Jose Reyes walk.

Omar Minaya did one big thing before he left the organization, and that was trading Carlos Beltran to the San Francisco Giants. Coming over from the Bay Area were Harvey and Zach Wheeler. At this point the Mets created their angle — pitching. While the bullpen hasn’t exactly been stellar, the rotation is becoming very good. Harvey and Wheeler look like aces, and Harvey has been one of the best pitchers in the league since making his debut. With Dillon Gee, Jon Niese and a slew of minor leaguers it looks as if New York has a top ten rotation when healthy.

The disappointments came in the lineup. Building up the farm system and trading R.A. Dickey gave the organization talented hitters, but none of them showed much to speak of. Wilmer Flores and Travis d’Arnaud both struggled batting just above .200, but the good news is both were only up for a short amount of time and are still very young. To add on to that, Ike Davis looks completely lost at the plate. Striking out in almost a third of his at-bats, Davis hasn’t lived up to his potential.

Overall the 2013 season has to be taken as a positive step just because of the pitching. To improve the lineup the Mets need to go out and spend some money, but that doesn’t seem to be the desire.

Harvey missing the 2014 season may have already cut the cord for the Mets’ hopes of being competitive, but improvement should still happen. Flores will either have to be traded or find a new position. Using him as a trade chip to land a big time hitter is possible, and it could be time for the team to cut their losses with Ike Davis and move on.

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