The 2016 New York Mets are very different from the 2015 New York Mets

In 2015, the New York Mets gave fans something to cheer for by winning the National League pennant. The run was remarkable, and was jumpstarted once the Mets acquired Yoenis Cespedes at the trade deadline. By August, the team took a lead in the division and ran away with it, clinching in September.

Mets 2015

Via nj.com

But 2015 had some down moments as well. Like 2016, the Mets offense was brutal. It made moves to acquire Kelly Johnson and Juan Uribe to get some professional batters in the lineup. With the young pitching staff they had, they knew they needed some hitters and to have a win now mentality. I guarantee if you asked any Met fan on July 20th if they thought the Mets could make the World Series, they would say absolutely not. But, how a few weeks changed everything. The team struggled, but they were only a handful of games out of first place for majority of the season. With the division favorite Nationals struggling in 2015, Yoenis Cespedes led the team to win the division.

When Yoenis Cespedes was inserted in the lineup, everything changed. The team looked like they were having a blast, and why not? They kept winning. With a dominating pitching staff, they were able to make an exciting run in the playoffs.

The story in 2016 is a lot different. The Nationals are currently running away with the division, and the Mets are battling for a wild card spot, only a few games back. The offense is attrocious. The theme so far this year is injuries. Where we stand right now, Yoenis Cespedes, David Wright, Matt Harvey, Lucas Duda, Juan Lagares, Asdrubal Cabrera and Jose Reyes are all on the DL. Of their opening day lineup, only Travis d’Arnaud, Neil Walker, and Curtis Granderson are currently on the roster, with Michael Conforto in the minors. It has been too much for the team to handle, and this resulted in them getting swept at home by the last place Arizona Diamondbacks.

The Mets are hitting .236 as a team according to espn.com and are hitting in the low .200s with runners in scoring position, and the reality is the only way they score runs is via the home run. They tried to make 2016 just like 2015 by acquiring big time power hitter Jay Bruce at the trade deadline. Bruce came to the team and has struggled with the Mets, hitting .171 according to espn.com. The Mets hoped he could be the 2016 Yoenis Cespedes, but just the opposite has happened thus far.

With a little less than 60 games remaining, the 57-57 Mets need to make their run now. It looks like this year could be a wash, however the team just needs to go on a little winning streak. They have not won back to back games since early July, yet they are only 3 games out of the 2nd wild card. The team is built for the postseason with stud young pitchers Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, and Steven Matz. If the offense could contribute just a little and get healthy, then this team could make a late run. The clock is ticking, and Mets fans are hungry.

According to fox sports here was the 2015 Mets lineup for game 1 of the World Series.

1. Curtis Granderson, RF
2. David Wright, 3B
3. Daniel Murphy, 2B
4. Yoenis Cespedes, CF
5. Lucas Duda, 1B
6. Travis d’Arnaud, C
7. Michael Conforto, LF
8. Wilmer Flores, SS
9. Kelly Johnson, DH

According to espn.com, here is the Mets lineup on August 12th, 2016. A very different lineup.

1. Curtis Granderson, LF
2. T.J. Rivera, 3B
3. Neil Walker, 2B
4. Jay Bruce, RF
5. James Loney, 1B
6. Travis d’Arnaud, C
7. Alejandro De Aza, CF
8. Matt Reynolds, SS
9. Logan Verrett, P

 

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