Understated Mets’ Positives Of 2013

Good afternoon folks. I was thinking about the best and worst with the New York Mets during the summer of 2013. As far as the best and worst, Matt Harvey is both. His development captivated the organization until the black cloud of Tommy John surgery.

Outside of Harvey’s injury, the other major negative was the continuing negative saga of Ike Davis. Ruben Tejada entered the season a question and was a disappointment, but not nearly as paralyzing as Davis’ self-destructive year at the plate.

What then, after Harvey’s early emergence, could we look at as positives?

I’m looking at two events, both in the offseason, which could be regarded as positives, although they might be considered symbolic.

The first was the extension of manager Terry Collins’ contract. A new manager would have meant the beginning of another rebuilding program. A new manager means new coaches and a new system, and with Harvey gone and other looming issues, we’re looking at an indefinite delay in the Mets’ rebuilding program.

Keeping Collins represented an endorsement by management its blueprint. It displayed a sense of confidence the team was heading in a positive direction.

Secondly, were the signings of Curtis Granderson and Bartolo Colon. Are these guys high-profile, high-impact additions? Probably not in the traditional sense, but during the Sandy Alderson era the Mets pointed to this winter as to when the organization would begin spending.

After letting Jose Reyes walk, trading R.A. Dickey and Carlos Beltran, and shedding the contracts of Johan Santana, Jason Bay and Oliver Perez, the Mets believed they were finally in position to financially compete.

Trouble is, too many Mets fans didn’t share the beliefs of Alderson and ownership. Too many times they had been disappointed, and again the Mets were asking their fans to believe.

Who knows how Granderson and Colon will work out? But, the Mets promised additions and lived up to their word. As with bringing back Collins, the additions the Mets made are indicative in a confidence they are moving forward.

And, considering how things had been since Beltran took that called third strike to end the 2006 NLCS, Mets fans need to take their positives when they can.

ON DECK: Tomorrow I’ll look at what I am looking forward to during the 2014 season.

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5 thoughts on “Understated Mets’ Positives Of 2013

  1. I think the promise of Lagares is also a positive. He showed himself to be one of the best outfielders in the game. His problem is hitting. If he can hit around 260 we have something. Either way he hits at least as well if with less power than the players we are paying $22m a year for.

    • Agreed. I think he’ll hit .260. September killed him. He actually finished the season 0-14. They ramped up his play after the platoon situation with den Dekker, and his AB’s in July 50% higher than June, and August was similar. But as Byrd was traded and Wright went out, Lagares suffered. He hit .271/.353/.259 from June-August, but something like .161 in September. Those 3 months he had 250 AB’s, the bulk of his season. I think .260-.270 is reasonable expectation. Power should probably improve slightly as well, maybe 10 hr’s. He started out chasing sliders in the dirt, got away from that, but then still was not selective enough. He reminds me a bit of Gregg Jefferies, in that his bat is quick, and he can get to a lot of balls, but many he shouldn’t be going after. Somewhat typical of many Latin players. They’re aggressive at the plate. I’m sure there’s not too much “taking pitches” playing on the sandlots growing up.

  2. There was also the emergence of Parnell. We have a grade a closer on the team. Someone we haven’t had in years.

  3. I get it’s a slow time of year so you need to fill time and space, but extending Collins and spending the bare minimum on bargain players at bargain rates hardly qualifies as positive.
    They extended Collins, because theres really no point in bringing anyone new.
    As for signing a strikeout machine and a 40 year old for 100mm in garanteed $, was simply to placate the media and what few season ticket holders are left.
    Colon and Grandy, will not replace Harvey and Byrd. At best it’s a wash, and another 70 win season.
    Until this ownership starts spending money, real money: on bonafide starters, there’s nothing positive about ’13 or ’14.
    Oh, and Ollie came off the books the year before. Get your facts straight.