New York Mets: What to Take Out of a Forgettable Season

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The New York Mets’ 2020 Season came to an end on Sunday in a 15-5 loss, which put the cherry on top of a forgettable season.

The New York Mets entered the 2020 MLB Season with hopes of making the postseason thanks to the addition of three teams from both the AL and NL.

With several injuries/opt-outs entering the season, including Noah Syndergaard, Yoenis Cespedes, and Marcus Stroman, the Mets weren’t sure what to expect, but it certainly wasn’t going 26-34 and finishing in a tie for last in the NL East.

Unfortunately for the Mets and their fans, this is exactly what happened, and because of it, they are one of only 14 teams who won’t be playing in the 2020 Postseason. So what does this mean? Where do the Mets go from here?

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Well, although the Mets went 26-34, they had a total of 17 losses by two runs or less, that’s exactly half of their losses being by two runs or less, with nine of them being by only one run. So while the Mets may have had 34 total losses, they were in a lot of the games they lost, but simply could not get the job done as their offense didn’t do enough to win the game.

Having pitchers like Noah Syndergaard and Marcus Stroman might help turn at least a couple of these losses into wins, but you can’t use that as an excuse. This was the Mets’ problem last year, and the year before that for that matter as well, Jacob deGrom held ERAs of 1.70 and 2.43 over the past two years, and yet he had a combined 17 losses.

The Mets need to add some bats in order to complement and help out their star-studded pitching staff. Until they do this, Mets fans should expect to see the same result out of the Amazins, hope coming into the season, but simply failing to get the job done in crunch time.

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The Mets have potential, and I would expect them to be better in 2021 with the additions of Syndergaard, Stroman, Cespedes and others, but do they have enough pieces to finally make the postseason next year? Only time will tell.