New York Mets milestones to watch for in 2020

Jacob deGrom, New York Mets. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Jacob deGrom, New York Mets. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /

The 2020 MLB season may only be a short 60 game sprint, but some New York Mets players are chasing important milestones.

In 2020 Major League Baseball teams will pay a reduced schedule of 60 games due to the COVID-19 pandemic and failure by the league and union to work nicely with each other. Even with a shortened season, there are some exciting milestones New York Mets players can reach. Some of them are personal, most are team-related, and a few dabble with all-time MLB success.

Here is a look at some of the interesting plateaus that can be reached by Mets players in 2020.

Wilson Ramos

499 RBI – 500 RBI is a modest milestone, but it’s pretty good for a catcher.

Amed Rosario

19 triples – Believe it or not, only 15 players have hit 20 or more triples in a New York Mets uniform.

Michael Conforto

109 Home Runs – Scooter can crack the New York Mets top 10 and tie Edgardo Alphonso if he hits 11 jacks.

498 Hits – Only 38 Mets have reached 500. This year, he could conceivably catch Gary Carter for 30th place in team history at 542.

Jacob deGrom

2 Cy Young Awards – Only 10 players have won the award three or more times since it was first introduced in 1956. If he wins it again, deGrom not only joins that elite group but also ties Tom Seaver for the Mets All-time lead.

1,255 Strikeouts – He is currently in fifth place on the New York Mets all-time list. DeGrom will break 1,300 but will have to wait another year to catch Sid Fernandez for fourth with 1,449 punch outs.

MLB will use a universal designated hitter this year. That’s too bad for deGrom. He could have done some damage with the bat in his hands. deGrom needs two doubles to become the seventh Mets pitcher to reach double digits. He is nine hits behind Ron Darling (75) for fifth in team history. Finally, for Mets pitchers with a minimum of 350 at-bats, he trails barely trails Fernandez for the batting average lead .1899 to .1886. A pinch-hit single puts him in the lead.

Chasing MLB History

Robinson Cano

1272 RBI – In all of Major League history only a quartet of second basemen have reached the 1,300 RBI mark, they are all in the Hall of Fame, and none of them played after 1942. Nap Lajoie – 1,599, Rogers Hornsby – 1584, Charlie Gehringer – 1,427, Eddie Collins – 1,300. This next one is a stretch, but Cano could catch Al Oliver for 100th all-time if he can reach 1,326.

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2570 Hits – Cano is currently 92nd, all-time, and 10th among second basemen. Nellie Fox’s ninth place total of 2,663 for second basemen seems safe. Some players on the all-time hits list, however, will be taken down a peg. At 2,600, he passes Steve Garvey for 83rd place.

324 Home Runs – Hornsby is the only other second baseman with 300 or more Home Runs (301). Cano is 16 dingers from tying Ron Santo at number 100.

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This one is just for fun. If the Amazins can beat Cole Hamels of Atlanta just one time this season, he will become only the ninth pitcher to have 15 or more defeats against the New York Mets. Two losses tie him wit Livan Hernandez and Nelson Briles for fifth place.