Met fans have not had it easy the past few years.
After narrowly missing the World Series in 2006, the team blew large leads at the end of the 2007 and 2008 seasons and missed the post-season both years. The next few seasons were even worse with losing records of 70-92 in 2009, 79-83 in 2010 and 77-85 in 2011.
Last year was more of the same. Following an encouraging first half in 2012, the team struggled after the All Star break and finished with a disappointing record of 74-88, 24 games out of first place in the NL East.
The organization made no big name signings over the off-season and traded away last year’s best pitcher – Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey, making it difficult for Met fans to feel optimistic about the 2013 campaign. On paper, it looks like another year of tough times, but Met fans (especially those who remember team’s 1969 World Championship) know that miracles can happen.
On the bright side, the team re-signed All Star third baseman David Wright over the winter and received catcher Travis d’Arnaud (Major League Baseball’s No. 11 top-rated prospect) as part of the R.A. Dickey trade. First baseman Ike Davis is one of several Mets who are overdue for breakout years, and the team hopes to catch lightning in a bottle from one of the many MLB veterans it signed to minor league deals over the winter.
In addition, the pitchers who figure to be part of the starting pitching rotation – Jon Niese, Dillon Gee and Matt Harvey – all have demonstrated the ability to excel at the Major League level. They just need to do so with greater consistency. A healthy Johan Santana (and that still is a question) would provide a large boost for the pitching squad and the entire team.
Who knows? Perhaps, the New York Mets and their loyal fans are in for a pleasant surprise in 2013.