The New York Mets 2018 season can be summarized in one word from Tuesday Night's 25-4 embarrassing loss against the Washington Nationals: dreadful. It was the worst loss in franchise history and the Mets season has been dreadful for the fans and the team ever since the 10-2 start to the 2018 season. New York currently sits in fourth place in the NL East with a 44-60 record. They are only up 0.5 games on the Miami Marlins. The Mets are 13.5 games back of the Philadelphia Phillies for first place in the NL East.
After missing the playoffs in 2017, this was supposed to be a bounce back season, but they are going to miss the playoffs for the second straight season and the New York Mets will have many questions heading into the offseason. Will Mickey Callaway stay as the Mets manager? Will the Mets get a new general manager? Will it finally be time for the Wilpons to sell the team? Can the Mets contend anytime soon?
It doesn't like they will be contending anytime soon. New York traded away Jeurys Familia to the Oakland Athletics and Asdrubal Cabrera to the Philadelphia Phillies. They didn't get much in return and it might be a good thing they didn't trade pitchers Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, and Zack Wheeler. The Mets would have found a way not to get much in return either and the fan base would have been in an uproar.
Speaking of pitchers, Jacob deGrom is the Mets best pitcher. He has a 5-6 record, but it shows how little of support the Mets give him when he is pitching. Jacob deGrom has the best ERA in baseball at 1.82. In 138.1 innings pitched, he has given up 103 hits and 32 runs. Jacob deGrom has walked 32 batters and has struck out 164. It's a shame that deGrom won't win the Cy Young Award.
Noah Syndergaard's record is 6-1 with a 2.89 ERA. In 74.2 innings pitched, he has given up 78 hits and 27 runs. Syndergaard has walked 15 batters and has struck out 83.
Zack Wheeler has pitched a lot better for the Mets lately. His record is 5-6 with a 4.11 ERA. Wheeler has won three consecutive starts. He has pitched in 120.1 innings and has given up 113 hits and 57 runs. Zack Wheeler has walked 42 batters and has struck out 116.
Seth Lugo has been a very good pitcher for the Mets as well so far in 2018. His record is 3-3 with a 2.85 ERA. In 75.2 innings pitched, he has given up 63 hits and 28 runs. Lugo has walked 25 batters and has struck out 76.
The New York Mets don't have a true closer, but Robert Gsellman has the most saves on the team right now with five.
Brandon Nimmo has been very good for the Mets so far in 2018. His batting average is .252 with 13 home runs and 31 RBI's, along with seven stolen bases. Nimmo's on-base percentage is .380.
Amed Rosario has had an up and down season for the Mets, but he is starting to play better. It will be important for him to play well in the final two months of the regular season. Rosario's batting average is .237 with four home runs and 27 RBI's, along with nine stolen bases. His on-base percentage is .280.
Michael Conforto's batting average is .231 with 14 home runs and 39 RBI's, along with two stolen bases. He has a .352 on-base percentage.
Devin Mesoraco has been very good behind the plate and with the bat ever since he was acquired in a trade from the Cincinnati Reds for Matt Harvey. Mesoraco's batting average is .229 with seven home runs and 24 RBI's. His on-base percentage is .307.
Yoenis Cespedes will miss a lengthy period of time with surgery on both heels. It is possible that he doesn't play at all in 2019. That would mean Cespedes would only have one more year left on his contract. The New York Mets need to find a way to get rid of that contract, but I don't think they could. Yoenis Cespedes finished the season with a .262 batting average with nine home runs and 29 RBI's, along with three stolen bases. His on-base percentage was .325.
Wilmer Flores's batting average is .265 with nine home runs and 34 RBI's. His on-base percentage is .320.
If the season ended today, the New York Mets would have the seventh pick in the MLB Draft. With two months to go, the Mets face division opponents 36 times, including a five-game set on the road against the Philadelphia Phillies. One of those games will be played in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, for the Little League Classic.
The season hasn't been kind to the Mets, but a lot of jobs are on the line in the final two months of the regular season.