Next Year, Mets. Next Year.

Sunday, October 3, 2021

So the regular season is officially over and so is the Mets'. Well, their season ended a week ago when they were mathematically eliminated from both the division and the wild card spot, but I digress.


This means I root for other teams so I can remain interested in the postseason. Lately I've been rooting for the Dodgers because the first baseball game I had watched in full in years was Game 3 of the 2018 World Series, Yeah, I stayed awake for all seven hours and twenty minutes of that. And they beat the Red Sox, whom I will never root for, because suck it mom. But it was hard last year because my second hometown team are the Rays. So we'll see if last year will be repeated and that conundrum will come up for me again. I just need a team to back to be fully invested in the post season. Whether it's just a team that I also like or a story that I love, I need something more than just the games to keep me watching.


Sorry, digressed again. Now back to the Mets. 


As a rule of moderating expectations, I don't expect much in the first year of a new owner or general manager's tenure because they inherited a lot that they have to deal with before they can really put their stamp on the team and organization. So I think this offseason and next season are gonna be the true test of Steve Cohen as an owner. 


The roster for the 2022 season doesn't seem to be stable beyond a few guys. We know for sure that we'll have Pete Alonso and Francisco Lindor, and I think that might be it on the players that will definitely be back from the way all these reports about the roster. Pete's still mashing and proving why he's the Home Run Derby Champion. Francisco Lindor struggled through the first half but is finally getting into form. I think he just had a rough transition to the team after the weight of expectation and that massive contract, but he finally seems to be settling in. And I think some of that has to do with his buddy Javy Báez joining them after the trade deadline.


Speaking of Javy, please re-sign him. The Mets could use some magic and you got El Mago himself. Let him do his magic. Also re-sign Marcus Stroman, because he was fantastic this year, too. They combined for a great play this year and I'd like to see them keep doing that.




I think they have or will get the pieces to do well next year, and I can't wait to watch them play. Here's to next year! (Please.)

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