Despite a slightly rocky start, the 2015 New York Mets pulled themselves together after the All-Star break and rode the young arms of their pitching staff and the bat of Yoenis Cespedes all the way to the World Series. It didn’t end as they hoped, but any season that ends in the championship series has to go in the win column.
Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard Steven Matz, and even “Big Sexy” Bartolo Colon put on a show through September and October, shutting down the streaking Chicago Cubs in the NLCS for their shot at the Kansas City Royals. Daniel Murphy seemed unstoppable, hitting the zone and driving shot after shot over the wall to reach a post-season record. Right until the last moment, when Harvey talked his way back into game five after pitching eight beautiful innings, they looked like a team of destiny. Then things began to unravel.
The team is going into 2016 with an aging, injury-prone veteran at third, a catcher who also spent much of 2015 on the DL, and several other players presenting offensive and defensive liabilities that could be addressed with some creative signings, moves, and/or trades.
There’s no time to sit and wonder about what might have been. It’s time to consider what might be. With that in mind – here are five major questions facing the 2016 New York Metropolitans – a team with commitment issues.