It feels just about over.
Midway through the 2017 season, once thought of to be a World Series or bust campaign, it seems that the New York Mets are completely out of it.
As we inch closer toward the All-Star Break, the Mets continue to hover double-digit games or so behind the Washington Nationals in the National League East, as well as the Colorado Rockies in the wildcard race.
With a constant revolving door of injuries, highlighted by Noah Syndergaard and Jeurys Familia, who won’t return any time soon, fans and media have begun to write-off the Mets in 2017 for good.
To some degree, the organization themselves have acknowledged this, with a variety of reports surfacing of the Mets putting just about anyone with a beating heart, a bat, glove and a functioning physical frame on the trading block, like Curtis Granderson who has recently turned back the clock to his Yankee days.
The season is about halfway over, and the Mets aren’t mathematically eliminated yet, but assuming they don’t make the playoffs isn’t exactly on the same level of predicting that Dr. Dre ever drops that Detox album.
Though, to tell the truth, it isn’t that bad in Queens.
Though he has cooled off since hitting well over .300 earlier this season, Michael Conforto, 24, has been one of the lone rays of sunshine for the blue-and-orange, putting together a potential All-Star worthy campaign, which bodes well for the future.
His ability to hit for power and contact could turn him into the number-three hitter the Mets and fans expect him to be.
Conforto’s batting average sits around the .285 mark, and he’s on pace to finish with around 30 home runs and 80 runs batted in (RBI), assuming he remains healthy, in what is his first full end-to-end season of activity.
Jacob deGrom hasn’t been as great as he was in his previous three seasons, but still could land an All-Star bid with a sub-four earned run average (ERA), and a 7-3 record prior to the three-game home stand against the Philadelphia Phillies this past weekend.
But where hope really resonates for the Mets, and it seems this way almost every year since vastly improving their farm system earlier this decade, is in the minor leagues, where the Queens ball club actually has a pair of blue-chip prospects that have developed well this year.
First baseman Dominic Smith, 22, and shortstop Amed Rosario, 21, have been tearing up the Triple A circuit with the Las Vegas 51’s. Smith is hitting over .320 and Rosario over .310 with the 51’s this season. The two have combined for nearly 100 RBIs already.
The anticipation lies more with Rosario, who is an active tweeter, having responded to Met fans about when his eventual call-up will be.
“There’s no need to rush. Only fools rush in,” he tweeted at the end of May in one of these responses. “I believe in what the organization has done and it has worked. Trust the process. We’ll be fine.”
Rosario’s frequently uses the hashtag “#DontBeSurprisedBeReady” while tweeting, a saying everyone can adopt as the organization’s future draws closer to becoming the present.