In the grand scheme, we won’t know for years to what degree finishing third or fourth will impact the New York Mets in regards to their draft position and subsequent pick. Will finishing third give them a lesser pick and deprive them of selecting the next Derek Jeter?
Nobody can project with any accuracy baseball draft picks. Even No. 1s have been busts. And, David Wright is right in his line of reasoning it really doesn’t matter where you finish if there are no playoffs?
However, considering the expectations, the abundance of injuries, and dreadful second-half offense which led from a slide of seven games under .500 to their current position of 13 under, finishing strong the last week, and in third, couldn’t hurt in laying the groundwork for next year.
However, whether it is third or fourth, it will not reduce the number of issues for the 2014 Mets. Sweeping the Phillies this weekend might give them a feel-good confidence heading into the offseason, but does not eliminate their immediate off-season issues:
1) How long will they string Terry Collins along, or will they do the right thing and make an announcement the day after the season finale, or that Sunday?
2) The Mets have been saying for years this is the offseason they will spend, if so, how much?
Will Matt Harvey opt for surgery or go into the season riding a gamble?
Regardless of Harvey’s decision, will the Mets add a veteran starter, because as of now they have just three plus Aaron Harang?
Is there something to worry about after Zack Wheeler was shut down for the year after tightness in his shoulder following Saturday’s start?
GM Sandy Alderson has been trying to build a bullpen for three years. Will this be a fourth?
Will they cut ties with Ike Davis or extend this torturous experiment into next spring?
Should they pass on tendering Davis a contract for 2014, how confident are they in Lucas Duda or do they need to add a first baseman?
Are they confident of Bobby Parnell’s recovery from surgery, or will they feel the need to add a closer?
Will they decide to see what they have in Ruben Tejada in spring training or add a shortstop?
What is their satisfaction level with Eric Young, knowing if they replace him it will be in left field and as a leadoff hitter?
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