By Bryan Zarpentine @BZarp on June 24, 2014
With June quickly coming to an end, we are fast approaching the halfway point of the MLB season. Obviously there’s still a lot to be decided in the standings, but by this point we’ve learned a great deal about each team, both good and bad. Here are five things we’ve learned about the New York Mets at the midway point of the 2014 season.
This was supposed to be the year that the Mets became serious playoff contenders and were at least playing meaningful games in September. But while they're far from out of it, their inconsistency does not paint the picture of a team that has a serious playoff push in them during the second half of the season, so Mets fans will once again be waiting for next year.
The bullpen was terrible early in the season, but before our eyes the Mets have started to put together a young bullpen of talented power pitchers. Jenrry Mejia has taken to the closer's role while Vic Black and Jeurys Familia have both started to have breakout seasons. The Mets can also expect Bobby Parnell back in 2015, and with plenty of young pitching still in the farm system, we're seeing the early stages of a great bullpen of the future.
Alderson has pulled off some great trades as GM of the Mets, but spending $ 7 million to sign Chris Young was a terrible decision that has created a void in the Mets' lineup. Also, whether the Mets will ultimately regret signing Curtis Granderson for four years remains to be seen. Still operating with a somewhat limited budget, Alderson is still not using the Mets' payroll wisely when it comes to free agent signings.
Even without Matt Harvey, the Mets' starting rotation hasn't been an issue this season, and it's because Niese has assumed the role of ace. Niese has never pitched better than he has this season and proven that he can look like a top-of-the-rotation pitcher every five days. This has really helped the Mets this season and could be huge next season when Harvey returns to the rotation.
The Mets have pitched well enough to be a competitor in the NL East this season; but their losing record is a reminder that scoring runs is needed to win games, and that's something the Mets have struggled to do on a consistent basis. There are just too many positions that have been an offensive void for the Mets, and until that changes, they won't score the runs they need to support their pitching and win games.
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