By Bryan Zarpentine @BZarp on September 1, 2014
For a team that’s so obviously out of playoff contention like the New York Mets, September can be a painful month, knowing that they’re merely going through the motions. But much of the Mets' future can be decided by what happens in September, giving the players plenty to play for, even if the team is out of contention. With that in mind, here are five predictions of how the Mets will fair in September as they play out another losing season.
Granderson has been up and down all season, but he was particularly poor in August, hitting a line of .147/.231/.183, which was even worse than what he did in April. There appears to be no relief in sight for Granderson, who will continue to struggle until the end of the season and hope to start fresh in 2015.
The Mets don't seem to have any idea how long Murphy will be out with a calf injury, and in the end the Mets will simply play it safe and keep him off the field. There's nothing left to play for, and there's no sense in the Mets letting Murphy play poorly and hurt his trade value, as they'll certainly re-open the possibility of trading Murphy this offseason.
The Mets are finally playing Flores every day and giving him a chance to prove himself, and he's starting to show signs of catching on in the big leagues. He hit .253/.298/.342 in August, which isn't great, but it definitely shows some improvement. As he continues to get consistent at bats he'll start to figure out big league pitching and have more success, which could lead to a strong August.
Herrera has not looked overmatched in his first few games in the big leagues, and he's even hit his first major league home run. With Daniel Murphy's return uncertain, Herrera could play every day at second base the entire month of September, giving him ample opportunity to get fully adjusted to the big leagues and show people why he should be the Mets second baseman of the future.
This is all that the Mets can hope for at this point as far as team goals are concerned. After dominating the last place Phillies all season, New York needs to find a way to stay ahead of Philadelphia in the standings, or else this season would really be a disaster. If Terry Collins can keep the Mets playing hard throughout a meaningless September, the team should be able to hold off the Phillies and avoid a last place finish in 2014.
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