It’s funny hearing everyone saying “2015 is the Mets year.” Because 2014 was supposed to be the year as well, but we all know how that went.
Think about it — Alderson knew he would eventually trade Ike Davis, giving first base to his beloved Lucas Duda. Daniel Murphy was at second with David Wright at third. Shortstop was still a problem. Travis d’Arnaud was ready to go. In the outfield, Juan Lagares looked good and Curtis Granderson would provide the power. And Alderson truly thought Chris Young would be the missing link.
In the rotation, Matt Harvey was gone, but Bartolo Colon would replace him, Along with Zack Wheeler, Jonathon Niese, Dillon Gee and whoever emerged as the fifth starter, things would be fine there. The bullpen was always hold your breath and pray.
So Alderson really thought this would be good enough. Obviously, it was not. With Young a flop, d’Arnaud requiring an early trip to the minors and Wright and Granderson slumping, the Mets struggled to score runs. That was their ultimate demise.
This season, Michael Cuddyer replaces Young. And… that’s it. Does anyone think the offense will be considerably improved because of him? The pitching will be even better, but a team has to score runs to win.
And this is the team Sandy Alderson will field in 2015, the one we have all been suckered into believing will contend. It is pretty much the same team as 2014. And we all know how that went.