You read that headline right. It’s been that kind of season for the Mets, as we sit in early August, and the team is well out of the playoff race with a 48-55 record. With high expectations going into the season after the team has made it to the playoffs in 2 straight seasons, it’s now time for the team to look ahead to 2018. That started with the team trading Lucas Duda and Addison Reed, and now calling up one of the top prospects in baseball, Amed Rosario.
Fans have been calling for the Mets to call up Rosario for much of the season, and they will finally get their wish starting Tuesday night in Colorado, as Rosario is expected to start at shortstop. Rosario has shown in Las Vegas that he has the potential to be one of the best players in the game, posting a .328 average with 7 home runs, 58 RBI’s, and 19 stolen bases. It needs to be kept in mind that players that play for the Mets AAA team might have better offensive stats being that they play their home games in Las Vegas with the air giving batters an advantage, but it sounds like Rosario is the real deal, and maybe a 5 tool player, known for having a great glove that could help shore up the Mets infield defense as well.
But, playing in the big leagues might start with ups and downs, which happens to many future greats. Plus, at just 21 years of age, I’m sure there will be many good and bad moments for Rosario. Rosario’s debut is being hyped due to the fact that fans do not have much else to look forward to this season, with the playoffs not appearing to be in the horizon. When Steven Matz, Noah Syndergaard, and Michael Conforto made their highly anticipated debuts, all in 2015, these were in different situations as the team was in a better place. They were looked at as pieces that could help the team make a run to the playoffs. Now, fans are relying on Rosario to be their guy for the future, and hope to see a lot of good things over the next 2 months of baseball. Hoping he will lead them to a playoff berth in 2018.
The excitement around Rosario’s debut reminds me of another debut that was highly anticipated for the Mets, and that is Matt Harvey. Harvey made his debut in late July of 2012, and like the 2017 Mets, there was not much playoff aspirations at that point in the season. Harvey was viewed as the chosen one, and led fans to have hope for the future. He busted onto the scene quick, but obviously has taken some steps back in 2016 and 2017. But, the hype around Rosario’s debut has me reminisce to Harvey’s. Harvey’s debut was memorable, as he tossed 5 1/3 scoreless innings, with 11 strikeouts, picking up his first career win. He also picked up 2 hits at the plate, and took off from there.
So, whether Amed Rosario will be an all- time great or not remains to be seen. But, I can tell you this from reading across Mets Twitter, fans are excited. They’ve been waiting for something exciting to happen with this team since opening day. After solid seasons in 2015 and 2016, fans have fallen back to the favorite phrase of a losing team; “there’s always next season.” Well, Rosario’s debut will hopefully be a sample of what is to come for next season, as there will still be pretty high expectations for 2018. Hopefully, when there’s season previews by various media outlets for the 2018 season, the Mets will be looked at as a viable threat to make a deep playoff run with their core of Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, and of course, Amed Rosario. Now, we watch, and hope to witness greatness from Amed Rosario, starting tonight.
All stats via Baseball Reference.