With plenty of baseball still to be played, the Mets are on the outside looking in when it comes to the playoffs; however, with a recent stretch of 15-8 ball, the Mets sit just six games back of a wild-card spot. They face-off in a crucial four game series vs. the San Francisco Giants, the team they are chasing for the final wild-card spot.
It is hard not to get excited about the future of the Mets, especially with their recent stellar play. Catcher Travis d’Arnaud and first baseman Lucas Duda have been a big reason to why the Mets are succeeding. Both players were given an opportunity to be everyday players and are making the most of their opportunities. Duda has 19 HRs and 60 RBIs on the year and has shown that the Mets made the right choice in naming him starting first baseman. Since being recalled from Triple A, d’Arnaud has hit the ball substantially better and his power is certainly improving. Both Duda and d’Arnaud are key pieces to the future of the New York Mets.
Another surprise from the Mets has been the emergence of youngsters Jeurys Familia and Jenrry Mejia from the bullpen. In 54.0 innings pitched, Familia has a 1.83 ERA, and has a special ability to strike out batters. Mejia has 15 saves on the year, and if he can continue to stay healthy, can dominate batters in the late innings of ball games. Both 24 year olds have been a big reason for the Mets recent success, and will be counted on in the future as staples in the bullpen.
The Mets starting rotation has been a pleasant surprise as well. Youngsters Zack Wheeler and Jacob deGrom have impressed so far this season. Although Wheeler has a 6-8 record, he posts a respectable 3.60 ERA. What is most impressive about Wheeler though, is his four pitch repertoire. He has a blazing fastball, nasty curve, and a solid slider and change-up. Wheeler possesses ideal size, and will be a centre piece to the Mets starting rotation. Since being called up, deGrom has been great to say the least, as he holds a 5-5 record and an impressive 2.79 ERA. If deGrom can keep up his play, he will have a spot in the Mets starting rotation come 2015. With top prospect Noah Syndergaard soon ready to make the jump to the MLB, and All-Star Matt Harvey returning from Tommy John surgery, the Mets starting rotation will be one of the stronger ones in the National League.
Although the Mets have not made the playoffs since 2006, they may not be too far away. With veteran leaders in David Wright, Curtis Granderson, and All-Star Daniel Murphy, the Mets are in good hands. Throw in an abundance of solid young players, and the Mets will be a force to reckon with come next season.