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5 New York Mets Players With The Most To Prove in September

5 New York Mets With The Most To Prove in September

Curtis Granderson
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September has arrived, and once again it’ll be a meaningless month for the New York Mets. But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to play for; plenty of players on the Mets still have a lot to prove in the final month of the season. Here’s a closer look at the five players on the Mets who have the most to prove in September.

5. Dillon Gee

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5. Dillon Gee

Dillon Gee Mets
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After missing most of May and all of June with an injury, Gee hasn't been quite as sharp since coming back from injury and he needs to finish the season strong. He had an ERA over six in July and an ERA of 5.20 since the All-Star break. There will be stiff competition for the five rotation spots next spring, and Gee needs to prove in September that he's still an integral part of the Mets' pitching staff moving forward.

4. Jonathon Niese

Jonathon Niese
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4. Jonathon Niese

Jonathon Niese
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Niese was as good as he's ever been early in the season, looking the part of an ace. But he's been an average pitcher during the second half of the season, including a particularly troubling July during which he threw just 11.1 innings over three starts and put up an ERA over six. Niese needs to prove that he can finish a season strong and give the Mets 30 starts or year, and he'll need to pitch at a high level in September in order to do so.

3. Curtis Granderson

Curtis Granderson
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3. Curtis Granderson

Curtis Granderson
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Granderson has had a real bell curve of a season; he was abysmal in April, decent in May, outstanding in June, decent again in July and downright terrible in August. He needs to break that bell curve with a strong September. More importantly, he needs to show the Mets why they invested so much money in him and prove he can still be an everyday player for them next season, because he sure hasn't looked like one lately.

2. Matt den Dekker

Matt den Dekker Mets
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2. Matt den Dekker

Matt den Dekker Mets
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September may be the last chance den Dekker gets to prove he can be an everyday player in the majors, both to the Mets and the other 29 teams. He got a lot of playing time in the latter half of August and hit .245/.351/.306, which is decent, but with no home runs and only three doubles, that's not going to be enough. If den Dekker wants to avoid being a bench player or a quad-A player, he needs to have a real strong September.

1. Wilmer Flores

Wilmer Flores Mets
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1. Wilmer Flores

Wilmer Flores Mets
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Flores started to come around a little bit in August, hitting .253/.298/.342 while playing nearly every day at shortstop. But that line isn't going to cut it for a shortstop with his defensive range. He can work at shortstop defensively, but only if he's well above average offensively, and September is his chance to prove that he can be that impact offensive player; he needs to have a big month swinging the bat.