A new year means a new season, filled will new trials and new tribulations, and, like last year, I have some wishes that I hope for our team heading into the 2018 season.
As a Mets fan for 13 years, I’m fairly positive none of these wishes will come true, but, there isn’t any harm in asking for them, so here we go:
1. There is a stretch of 5 days with our aces pitching
Since June of 2015, when Steven Matz made his Major League debut with the Mets, we’ve had Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Zack Wheeler, Steven Matz and Noah Syndergaard under our control, but there hasn’t been one stretch of five games, where those five pitchers have started.
In other words, someone is always hurt, and this handicaps the team significantly. Obviously, injuries are a part of the game, and they can happen wether you take every precaution against injury or not. The being said, a rotation with Harvey, deGrom, Syndergaard, Wheeler, Matz, Gsellman and Lugo should not have started pitchers like Tommy Milone, Rafael Montero, Adam Wilk, Tyler Pill and Chris Flexen on a regular basis.
Ray Ramirez was fired at the end of the season in 2017, and the new coaching staff should usher in a new culture when it comes to getting ready and preparing for games.
2. The Mets cut ties with Barwis
Speaking about injuries, one person that people love to point their fingers at is the Mets strength and conditioning coordinator, who has a home base down in Port St. Lucie, Mike Barwis.
Brawls, who has prided himself in “conditioning” David Wright for the past half-decade, has yielded a lot of criticism from Mets fans, and while I can’t blame him for a player getting injured while making a fantastic catch, the captain does have to fall with his ship, and the Mets health performance has been abysmal since the he’s come in.
3. The Mets bring back the Black, just for one game.
2018 is the 20 year anniversary of the debut of the Mets black elements, including the alternate uniforms, hybrid caps, and drop shadows that we love to hate.
Personally, I believe the current Mets uniform set is one of the best that there is hands down. That being said, there is a lot of history with the Mets black uniforms, and I do hope that they will bring them back eventually as a quick nod to the past.
That being said, black is still not and will never be a Mets color, and we should stick to Orange and Blue when it comes to our regular uniforms.