August 19th, 2016

The 2016 Mets bore me. Seriously.

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The title says it all. I’m bored watching this team. I don’t know why, but these Mets don’t feel like “the Mets”.

On my last post I talked about how the lineup has gone through a complete turnover since last year. Here is an excerpt from that article:

Next, let’s look at the lineup. Last year d’Arnaud, Duda, Murphy, Flores, Wright, Cespedes, Lagares or Conforto and Granderson, a very “Met” team, were the players we put on the field. Today, besides d’Arnaud, Granderson and Flores, guys like James Loney, Neil Walker, Asdrubal Cabrera, T.J Rivera, Ty Kelly, Justin Ruggiano, Alejandro De Aza and other newbies comprise the team, and there is an overall lack of team chemistry.

And it’s very true, there is no chemistry, and for me, as a viewer, I have no connection to any of these guys. None of these guys, with the exception of Grandy and Flores, are players I love seeing succeed. That doesn’t mean I actively root against Alejandro De Aza when he comes to bat, but, for lack of a better term, there is nothing tangible about these guys.

These players look like MLB players in orange and blue, not Mets players that I want to watch play every single day.

And that doesn’t mean every player has to be homegrown or have a lot of history with us, when Juan Uribe came over last year, I immediately felt like he was a genuinely likable guy, that I got excited for every time he came to the plate.

While having better team chemistry wouldn’t necessarily catapult us to the top of the standings, it would allow for the fanbase to get behind their players. Lately, at least for me, I feel like watching this team isn’t fun, and it’s not enjoyable, even when they win. That’s something I’ve never experienced in my time as a Mets fan.

Hopefully things get better in the future.

I’m already looking ahead to 2017

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I’ve been thinking about the 2016 Mets for a while now, how they will be able to get back on pace, how they are going to be able to grab a postseason slot, how they are going to re-bound for the injuries that have plagued them all year, and I think I’ve finally figured out what to make of the 2016 Mets: A team that just didn’t work out.

No, I haven’t given up all hope yet, they are still 4.5 games back from a Wild Card spot, which makes them mathematically alive and then some, but not any team can come back from that big of a deficit.

Take a look at our rotation, which we were hoping would look like Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, and by mid-June, Colon would take a bullpen role as Zack Wheeler returns. Now, with Matz injured and strongly considering season-ending surgery, the rotation looks like Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Bartolo Colon, Jon Niese and Logan Verrett, with Syndergaard also considering missing time due to bone spurs.

Next, let’s look at the lineup. Last year d’Arnaud, Duda, Murphy, Flores, Wright, Cespedes, Lagares or Conforto and Granderson, a very “Met” team, were the players we put on the field. Today, besides d’Arnaud, Granderson and Flores, guys like James Loney, Neil Walker, Asdrubal Cabrera, T.J Rivera, Ty Kelly, Justin Ruggiano, Alejandro De Aza and other newbies comprise the team, and there is an overall lack of team chemistry.

I think that this year has just been a failure all together, and will go down as one of the low-years in Mets history. Too bad….