It was just two years ago the Mets were National League champions, owners of the best young rotation in baseball and a seemingly bright future.
|Mets Midseason Top 10|
|1. Amed Rosario, SS|
|2. Dominic Smith, 1B|
|3. David Peterson, LHP|
|4. Justin Dunn, RHP|
|5. Andres Gimenez, SS|
|6. Tomas Nido, C|
|7. Thomas Szapucki, LHP|
|8. Brandon Nimmo, OF|
|9. Merandy Gonzalez, RHP|
|10. Chris Flexen, RHP|
Instead, last year's 87-win hiccup has turned into a full-blown meltdown in 2017.
That rotation? It's spent more time on the disabled list this year than on the mound. Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Robert Gsellman and Jeurys Familia have all spent significant time on the DL this year, which quickly trashed any hope the Mets had of keeping up with the Nationals.
The Mets are looking up at the Marlins and Braves, on pace to finish with their worst record in a decade.
Coming on the heels of 2016 season that was hindered by pitching injuries (DL trips by Harvey, Matz and Jacob deGrom), the Mets have to wonder just how many of their hard-throwing-but-fragile pitchers can be counted on for 2018.
But as the team switches into sell mode, it has to worry more about the lineup than pitching. Outfielders Jay Bruce and Curtis Granderson and first baseman Lucas Duda are all free agents at the end of the season, so they are all available. Harvey would also be a tradeable asset if he was healthy, but he's not.
But beyond that, there aren't that many big league-ready options in the upper minors for the Mets, and it doesn’t figure to get better unless their pitching proves it can stay healthy for the long haul.