Last Night proved the future is bright for the New York Mets. Wilmer Flores, filling in for the injured David Wright - went 2 for 4 with 3 RBI's. Juan Lagares hit a solo shot and Zach Wheeler pitched threw 6.1 innings picking up his 5th win.
With Ace Matt Harvey at the top of the rotation, Zach Wheeler right behind him, followed by Jon Niese, Dillon Gee and Jenrry Mejia the Mets have a solid rotation for the future. This is not to discount the fact that Rafael Montero and Noah Syndergaard are on the coat-tails to make it to the Major Leagues.
The starting pitching has not the problem of the 2013 Mets and moving forward. The dreadful offensive starts of Ike Davis, Ruben Tejada, Lucas Duda and Collin Cowgill all had contributing factors in reason of their record being below .500. And pushed us completely in the direction of downward spiral. *Not to mention, the shitty start(s) of Shawn Marcum. By the way kids, the team ERA is 3.71. The team batting average is .237...
The patch work bullpen has been holding it down for the Mets. The additions of David Aardsma and Carlos Torres has giving the bullpen a lift. The Mets going into 2014 will have to make decisions if guys like Jeurys Familia will be major pieces in the bullpen. I don't expect Scott "Need Arm Surgery"Atchison or LaTroy "The Ageless Wonder" Hawkins to be back next season.. Hawkins does still throw in the mid 90's and gives the Mets innings in multiple roles..
The Mets also have a ton of lefties which they never had before with Pedro Feliciano coming back, Tim Byrdak (rehabbing), Scott Rice (who pitches almost everyday for the Mets) , Josh Edgin (in minors), not to mention Jack Leathersich on the rise..
With all the Mets offensive struggles this season it will be interesting to see how Travis d'Arnaud will make a impact in the Major league level. He is expected to make cameo with the Mets when Buck leaves for paternity reasons. I want to see him do well and I root for this kid. This guy is another key component moving forward and may be the difference maker in 2014. If the Mets can get a potential .280 bat in the lineup to replace Bucks career .200 Average, the Mets will have a winning record and will score more runs period. I am not discounting how John Buck carried the Mets in April and was a offensive juggernaut for a month. He has also worked well with all the pitchers. Wonder if the Mets would offer John Buck a backup job next season?
The Mets this winter will interesting options to bolster their offense. They can go the free agent way or the trade route. The Mets need power. Marlon Byrd has been a pleasant surprise hitting 17 HR's and driving in 60, but he is 35. The Mets need a big young stud outfielder like a Carlos Gonzalez or Mike Stanton. I would not mind if the Mets signed Byrd next season in a backup capacity.