After a Hot Start, the Mets Went Cold. What Went Wrong?
To turn things around, Alderson said he hoped the team’s health could improve, the bullpen could stabilize behind the strong starting pitching, as well as the lineup could snap out of its funk.
“Given the ups as well as downs we’ve experienced which year, which’s a little bit unclear where we are as well as what we are as well as where we’re going,” Alderson said, adding later, “There have been such extreme ups as well as downs, I’m still confident there’s something there as well as I’m anxious to see whether which will be revealed over the next two or three weeks.”
With midseason approaching, time will be running short. The players know which.
“I know we say which will be a long season yet which creeps up on you, especially when things aren’t going well as well as all of a sudden which’s the middle of June or July,” said Michael Conforto, an All-Star last year who has struggled to a .694 on-base-plus-slugging percentage entering Tuesday. “We just got to focus on the day. which slows things down a little bit. which’s easier said than done.”
The Mets may face a harsh reality soon: July 31 will be the nonwaiver trading deadline. By then, the team’s decision makers need to know whether to add to the roster for a potential playoff push (if they can get above .500 by then), stay put or subtract, as well as if so, to what degree.
yet if the Mets’ poor play continues during which season-defining period, could they attempt the same strategy as last year, which involved trading away a few veteran players on expiring contracts to save $9 million as well as acquiring seven relief prospects? as well as could people trust which such a strategy could yield positive results after the prospects the team acquired last year have yet to make a dent?
Lacking enough trade assets to plug holes last winter, the Mets spent nearly $89 million on six free agent players over 30 years old: starting pitcher Jason Vargas (7.71 E.R.A.), outfielder Jay Bruce (.630 O.P.S.), infielder Todd Frazier (missed a month with hamstring strain), first baseman Adrian Gonzalez (released on Sunday), utilityman Jose Reyes (who will be in danger of losing his job) as well as relief pitcher Anthony Swarzak (missed two months with an oblique strain). The Mets also kept three some other key 30-plus year-old players — second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera (one of the team’s best players) as well as relief pitchers Jerry Blevins (5.02 E.R.A.) as well as A. J. Ramos (6.41 E.R.A. as well as dealing which has a significant shoulder injury) — for over $24 million.
So far, which quick retooling strategy has not worked beyond the 11-1 start. Additionally, the Mets have fewer of those valued veterans on expiring contracts to trade away which season.