COMMENTARY | The New York Mets own a 64-81 record following a four-game sweep at the hands of the Washington Nationals. It's been clear for quite some time this season that the Amazins wouldn't be heading to the postseason.
The list of why the Mets aren't favorites to win the World Series could go on for days. Here are four big reasons why Citi Field won't see any playoff action for another year.
A slow start to the season
At the 2012 All-Star break, the Mets were one of the most surprising stories in all of Major League Baseball. Terry Collins watched his team overachieve by putting together a 46-40 record. That Cinderella story ended quickly, and New York finished the season by going 28-48.
The 2013 season had a much different start. Collins' squad wasn't able to put together their first winning month until July rolled around. Having Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler at the top of the rotation certainly helped. Through the first three months of the season, the Mets went 33-45, digging themselves a hole too deep to recover from.
Too many injuries
In an occurrence that has become all too common for Mets fans over the past four seasons, there were too many injuries to deal with in 2013. David Wright is still trying to come back from a hamstring strain, but Collins has seen Harvey, Jenrry Mejia, Jeremy Hefner, Bobby Parnell, Scott Rice, and Ike Davis experience season-ending injuries within the last month. Travis d'Arnaud also missed significant time in the minors at the start of the year.
Lucas Duda and Ruben Tejada were on the disabled list for a significant amount of time, while also battling ineffectiveness on the field. New York's lack of depth at crucial positions was on display as one player after another went on the shelf.
Awful seasons from Ruben Tejada and Ike Davis
Heading into this season, the main concern for the Mets' roster was the outfield. However, the emergence of Juan Lagares, Marlon Byrd (until he was traded), and the acquisition of Eric Young, Jr. helped the outfield not be a weakness of the team. Now, there is uncertainty at shortstop and first base heading into 2014.
Sandy Alderson was counting on both Tejada and Davis to anchor a solid infield with Wright and Daniel Murphy. That didn't happen, as each player took a major step back, spending time in the minor leagues.
Ike's season is over with an oblique injury, and he finished with a disappointing .205/.326/.334 line with nine home runs and 33 RBIs. Tejada just returned to the majors, but continues to struggle with a .202/.260/.254 line. Alderson has some important decisions to make this winter. Rumors point to an external solution to shortstop, while they'll figure something out internally with first base.
Inability to win at Citi Field
This is the most frustrating of all. Despite losing seasons in 2009 and 2010, the Mets had a winning record at Citi Field. In fact, they were 47-34 at home in 2010. Since 2011, New York has playing terrible in front of the home crowd, and are currently 28-42 in Flushing this season. Only the Houston Astros (23 home wins) have less wins in their home ballpark in 2013.
For a team to be successful, there are two basic things they need to do: win home games and beat division rivals. Those are two things New York hasn't accomplished this season.
If the Mets want to compete for a playoff spot and have a chance at the World Series in 2014, they'll have to fix these four issues before Opening Day next April.
Matt Musico's Mets opinion has been featured on MLB Trade Rumors, MetsBlog, Amazin' Avenue, Mets Merized Online, and Rising Apple. He currently serves as Executive Editor of MetsMinors.net. To keep up with Matt, you can follow him on Twitter.
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