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Why The New York Mets Have Been One Of The Most Disappointing MLB Franchises?

For the last ten years the New York Mets have been one of the most disappointing and laughable franchises in the MLB. Mets fans have experienced a lot of painful seasons, injuries, disappointing walk-off or blown losses, and many more. Mets fans have always hoped and dreamed for next year to finally be their year. The Mets also are known for being one of the hottest teams in the league to start the season and then ending the season poorly.

In 2010 the Mets were managed by Jerry Manuel. They had a solid roster of Reyes, Johan Santana, Jason Bay, Justin Turner, Carlos Beltran, Lucas Duda and many more. However, with many injuries and some of these players underperforming the Mets finished 79-83.

In 2011 the Mets hired Terry Collins to be the new manager for the Mets in hope of a better year. Collins remained the manager until 2017. Some players had mediocre years minus being carried by Jose Reyes and Daniel Murphy. Four of the 5 pitchers also had losing records with the exception of Dillon Gee. In 2011 the Mets had a record of 77-85.

The Mets lineup was pretty mediocre. However, David Wright had a great year hitting .306. Jason Bay had a terrible year hitting .165. The pitchers were also unreliable with the exception with R.A. Dickey who went 20-6 with a 2.73 ERA and Jon Niese who went 13-9 with a 3.40 ERA. The Mets bullpen was atrocious and all of them had a high ERA with the exception of Bobby Parnell. The Mets finished 74-88.

Their pitching both starters and bullpen were overall mediocre. John Buck, Ike Davis, Omar Quintanilla, Juan Lagares, and Eric Young Jr. all had terrible stats at the plate. The Mets once again finished 74-88.

The Mets brought in some new players such as Curtis Granderson, Jacob deGrom, Ruben Tejada, and others. The Mets bullpen was much better than in previous years. However, Granderson, Young Jr. and Ruben Tejada all had bad years at the plate. However, the Mets did better than last year with a record of 79-83.

This most likely was a prove it year for him as he has not helped the Mets much as part of their rebuild. Well, Collins was up for the challenge and exceeded expectations and then some. The bullpen once again had a great year. With the exception of Jon Niese every starter had a record over .500 including future superstar Noah Syndergaard. Eric Campbell and Kevin Plawecki struggled mildly at the plate. However, everybody else was average or better. The Mets finished with a record of 90-72. The Mets won the NL East, and won the National League. However, they would lose the World Series to the Kansas City Royals in 5 games.

In 2016 the Mets had Terry Collins and had high hopes of going back to the World Series and hoping to win this time. The bullpen once again had an amazing year which helped the Mets make the playoffs. However, the Mets starters were all over the place. Matt Harvey had one of the worst years of his career as he posted a 4-10 record. Syndergaard and Bartolo Colon both had good years however. The Mets added Yoenis Cespedes to add more power, and defense to their lineup. Michael Conforto and Curtis Granderson both did not do well at the plate. In 2016 the Mets finished 87-75 which placed them second in their division but still made the playoffs. They would lose in the wildcard round to the San Francisco Giants.

To say the Mets were garbage is an understatement. Their pitchers both bullpen and starters had pretty horrendous years. Most of their hitters were very average. You do not win games by being average and horrendous. The Mets finished 70-92.

In 2018 the Mets finally canned Terry Collins. They hired Mickey Callaway to be the next Mets skipper in hopes he can bring more success. The Mets bullpen was miserable. The Mets 3-headed monster pitchers consisting of 2-time CY Young winner Jacob deGrom, Zack Wheeler, and Noah Syndegaard all had great years. The Mets brought in Todd Frazier and Jose Bautista in hopes of improving their hitting but it did not work out well. Once again a Mets catcher has underperformed miserably. Kevin Plawecki hit .210 from the plate. The Mets finished 77-85. Once again the Mets underperform and have disappoint their fans.

In 2019 Mickey Callaway was looking to bounce back and have a much better year. They added closer Edwin Diaz and slugger Robinson Cano. Unfortunately, Diaz had a miserable season as he went 2-7 with a 5.59 ERA. Their bullpen was mediocre as the Mets relied on great starting pitching. DeGrom and Wheeler both did well that season. In effort to make a postseason run as a wild card, the Mets acquired starting pitcher Marcus Stroman from the Toronto Blue Jays. Stroman as a Met finished 4-2 with a 3.77 ERA making an above average year. For the most part, the Mets hit very well with the exception of Michael Conforto who hit an abysmal .213. The Mets finished 86-76 but failed to make the playoffs. However, they were over .500 and still improved.

In 2020 the Mets had a busy offseason as they added Dellin Betances in attempt to try and improve the bullpen. The Mets felt they can surprise people and even make a playoff push this year. They hired Carlos Beltran to be the next manager after firing Callaway. However, with the Mets luck, he never managed a game for them due to his role in the Houston Astros cheating scandal. The Mets then went out and decided to hire Luis Rojas. Unfortunately, as of right now there is no MLB season due to Covid-19.

The Mets in the last decade have had many bad years and utterly bad performances. However, the most embarrassing part about the organization is how they handled Bobby Bonilla’s contact. Bonilla last took the field in 2001. However, him and the Mets agreed to be bought out. However, this means the Mets will have to pay him $1.2 million dollars until 2035. This means Bonilla is still under the Mets payroll until he is 72 years old. If this is not embarrassing enough for an MLB franchise I do not know what is.


Published by Brian Ramos

I am a student at Marist College. I love baseball, basketball, football, hockey, and wrestling.

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