It’s been a long time coming but the New York Mets are back atop the National League. The Amazins are once again relevant.
What a year it has been! From winning streaks, to losing streaks, to trade deadline triumphs, to magical runs, the Mets’ 2015 season was far from ordinary. No one expected the Mets to make the playoffs, let alone reach the World Series. Everyone wrote them off saying that the Nationals would run away with the division. But as the Nationals faltered most of the season, the Mets kept their heads on straight and remained determined on proving everyone wrong.
Yes they didn’t win the World Series, but 2015 is not a failure by any means. The Mets proved that their power pitching can out-duel even the best lineups. Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, and Steven Matz proved that the future is bright. Curtis Granderson had a solid season and proved that he still has it. Daniel Murphy had a prototypical Daniel Murphy type season. Jacob DeGrom proved that his rookie season wasn’t a fluke. And Matt Harvey came back strong from Tommy John surgery. Yet, the fact remains that the Mets probably wouldn’t have made the playoffs without the addition of Yoenis Cespedes at the trade deadline. The Mets’ offense did a complete 180 degree turn after the trade for Cespedes. He played so well in the second half, that, for some time, he was being considered for National League MVP. Pretty impressive for someone who played in the National League for less than half a year.
Even though the Mets made it to the World Series, some might say that 2015 was a disappointment because they didn’t win the big one and that some players regressed. In some aspects, that is true. David Wright was injured most of the year with Spinal Stenosis. Lucas Duda and Juan Lagares took a step back offensively, and Michael Cuddyer didn’t produce as expected. However, I feel as though the strides they made in 2015 outweighed their regresses.
No matter which way you look at it, the New York Mets proved to everyone that the World Series might be played in Flushing for the foreseeable future. The sky’s the limit for the New York Mets and they look destined to add at least another World Series trophy to their collection sometime before the end of the decade.