New York Mets Underachieving on All Levels



New York Mets Michael Conforto, right, greets Mets Yoenis Cespedes (52) after scoring on Cespedes’s first-inning, two-run, home run in a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Monday, May 2, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Chris DiGeronimo , Staff Writer

It seems that New York sports fans cannot catch a break when it comes to getting disappointed by their teams. The latest team to give its fans agita is the New York Mets. The Mets came into the season with high expectations and some dangerous weapons, but it hasn’t turned out the way it looked on paper. A lot of players have struggled and they really haven’t developed the chemistry that they had the last two years. Another factor that has played into this disappointing start has been injuries. Yoenis Cespedes and Asdrubal Cabrera have had hamstring issues and could possibly end up the DL, Noah Syndergaard has right biceps tendinitis and is considered day-to-day, Wilmer Flores has a knee infection and is on the DL, Lucas Duda and Travis d’Arnaud are both having wrist problems, and Seth Lugo and Steven Matz are having elbow trouble. With all those players on the injury reported to 801-INJURED in Salt Lake City, the players that are healthy aren’t really doing anything to help. So far through 21 games starting third baseman Jose Reyes is batting .137/.232/.205 with two stolen bases and a win above replacement (WAR) of -0.4. It is hard to explain sabermetrics to the common fan so let’s just say that a rating of -0.4 is not good for the team. Reyes is supposed to be a spark at the top of the lineup and on the base paths, but so far he has been a wet wire on this lethargic offense. Reyes isn’t the only one struggling, but it just goes to show that on paper Reyes was supposed to be a utility asset, but now that they are relying on him to play every day he has not been able to perform.

    The Mets may not realize this, but they might have the solution to all their problems playing in Triple-A Las Vegas at the moment. The Mets currently hold the number three and number 57 prospects in all of baseball. Those prospects are short stop Amed Rosario and first baseman Dominic Smith. Rosario is currently hitting .397/.442/.903 for Las Vegas. Smith is not far behind with .357/.400/.524 and two homeruns in 84 at-bats. With Duda and Cabrera having injury troubles, these two can be solid replacements. Rosario and Smith can pump some new life into this offense, and it will also give fans a glimpse of what the future can hold. For the first time in a long time Mets fans can finally salivate over prospects that aren’t pitchers, and it is time to give them an opportunity. The Mets might have to rearrange their infield to fit both of them in the lineup, but that will be irrelevant when both Rosario and Smith start raking in the majors.