By Bryan Zarpentine @BZarp on August 19, 2014
At this point in the season, all is lost for the New York Mets reaching the postseason in 2014. The Mets have had a number of problems throughout the season that have once again doomed them to finish with a losing record for the sixth year in a row. While this isn't everything that prevented the Mets from being a more competitive team this season, here are five things that went wrong for the Mets in 2014.
Sandy Alderson signed Young way too early in the offseason and gave him way too much money, and that was the start of the Mets' issues. Promising over $ 7 million to a player coming off the worst year of his career was an awful decision, and if the Mets hadn't done that, they could have stayed in the running to sign Nelson Cruz later in the offseason. He could have helped solve several of their problems.
In this sense, the Mets' season ended before it began. Losing Harvey at the end of last season took the wind out of the Mets' sails for 2014, and while the rotation has been fine without him, he's obviously a game changer when he's at his best. The bullpen has ultimately been fine without Parnell, but that wasn't the case at first. A healthy Parnell would have made the pitching staff that much stronger.
When Bobby Parnell went down, the Mets made the mistake of thinking Kyle Farnsworth and Jose Valverde could get the job done at the back end of the bullpen. They didn't, and before the Mets could put Jenrry Mejia and Jeurys Familia in major roles in the bullpen, Farnsworth and Valverde blew a lot of games. If those games had been wins for the Mets, they may still be in contention approaching September.
Sandy Alderson did not bring in any alternative to Tejada to play shortstop for the Mets this season, and Wilmer Flores doesn't count. Tejada was terrible in April, and even when he was playing well, he was a barely passable major league shortstop. Having such a huge void at a key position cost the Mets, and not having some kind of competition for Tejada or a backup plan was a huge mistake.
At times, the Mets' offensive issues have been profound, and at the center of the problem is the team's lack of power, as they rank 26th in baseball in home runs and 29th in slugging. Outside of Lucas Duda and Curtis Granderson (for a couple months), the Mets have not hit the ball out of the park. This is a problem for a team that can't string consecutive hits, and that's been a big part of the team's demise.
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