It has been a disappointing season so far for the New York Mets. Most of us fans coming into the season expected the Mets to be among the best teams in the National League. Unfortunately, that has not been the case so far. The Mets have been lingering around .500 for most of the season, and if the season were to end today, they would not be in the playoffs. As of September 14, the Mets are 3.5 games out of the second wild card spot and 5.5 games out of the division.
A big reason for their mediocrity this season has been due to injuries to key pitchers. Jacob deGrom was having an all-time great start to his season, but he hasn’t pitched since July due to multiple arm scares. Noah Syndergaard was supposed to return at some point this season after having Tommy John, but he hasn’t so far. Carlos Carrasco also missed most of the season with a hamstring problem.
The Mets biggest disappointment of the season, however, has been their offense. After big seasons from Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, and Michael Conforto over the last few season, they have all regressed heavily this year. Francisco Lindor has been up -and-down as well. Really the only Mets position players who have lived up to expectations are Pete Alonso and Jonathan Villar. Coming into today, the Mets are currently 11th in the National League in OPS and 13th in runs scored.
Even with how underwhelming the Mets have played this year, there are still certain players who have stood up and performed. Today, we will be going over the Mets end of season awards, which will include the team MVP, Cy Young, Rookie of the Year, etc. Let’s first start with the MVP…
2021 Mets MVP (and Silver Slugger): Pete Alonso
This award has an obvious recipient. Pete Alonso has been the one true constant in the Mets lineup all season long. Although he hasn’t put up his 2019 numbers, Alonso has a respectable .261/.340/.511 slash line with 32 home runs and 85 RBIs this season. His defense has also improved with 2 DRS on his resume. If Jacob deGrom didn’t fall victim to the injury bug, he would’ve been the obvious choice, but the 2021 Mets MVP (and Silver Slugger) goes to Alonso.
2021 Mets Cy Young: Marcus Stroman
Again, if deGrom didn’t get injured this would’ve been an obvious choice, but Marcus Stroman has been the Mets’ most consistent starting pitcher all season. Stroman going into today has a 2.87 ERA and 138 ERA+ over 163 innings pitched, making all 30 of his starts. Taijuan Walker would’ve had a case a month ago, but he has really struggled recently. The Mets need to make re-signing Marcus Stroman a priority this offseason.
Rookie of the Year: Tylor Megill
Going into the 2021 season, most Mets fans probably never even heard of Tylor Megill. The 26-year old rookie was never considered a top prospect in New York’s farm system, but he has stepped up in a big way this season. Megill’s overall season stats may not look eye-popping with a 4.06 ERA and 98 ERA+, but if you take out one bad start against the Giants, his ERA drops down to 3.37. Megill has been very solid for the Mets in his rookie season, and he will almost certainly have a rotation spot next year.
Gold Glove: Francisco Lindor
Say what you want about Lindor’s streaky offense this season, his defense is still elite. Lindor has 4 DRS and 16 OAA on the year, which is obviously among the league leaders when it comes to shortstops. If Lindor didn’t miss a month plus with an oblique problem, we could’ve seen Lindor bring in real gold for the Mets at shortstop. The last Met to win a Gold Glove Award was Juan Lagares back in 2014.
Reliever of the Year: Aaron Loup
What a godsend Aaron Loup has been to the Mets’ bullpen. After missing out on Brad Hand in the offseason, the Mets decided to compensate the loss by bringing in Loup. Not only has Hand ended up in New York after all, but the Mets actually signed the better player in the first place. Loup has put up an unreal 1.07 ERA and 374 ERA+ over 59 appearances out of the bullpen. The Mets only signed him for $3 million too! Re-signing Aaron Loup this offseason is another top priority for this team.
While the 2021 Mets hasn’t been the season most of us envisioned, there should still be a lot of optimism with the team going forward. With a promising farm system and an owner willing to spend, there shouldn’t be any reason to give up hope for the future. As long as the team can stay healthy and they make a few adjustments to the offense, the Mets should be back in the playoff hunt next season. We all know this team is way too talented to be a .500 team.