Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Unfortunately for Some Yankees Fans the New York Mets are Here to Stay

The New York Mets fell to the Kansas City Royals in the 2015 World Series in just five games and in front of their home crowd in Citi Field this week. A lot of change is coming to the Mets, Bartolo Colon is likely to retire. Yoenis Cespedes and Tyler Clippard are likely to hit the free agency market while Daniel Murphy is destined to receive a qualifying offer this offseason. The Mets are not a perfect team, no team is in the era without super teams, but the Mets are a good team. I can say this with full confidence, even as a Yankees fan, that the New York Mets are here to stay.

The core of the Mets will be back and so will that fantastic pitching staff that has given many of us Yankees fans pitching envy. Jacob deGrom’s hair will likely be back in 2016 and so will Jeurys Familia’s sinker. The Mets will have Steven Matz for a full season in 2016 and will also welcome Zack Wheeler back off the disabled list and to either the rotation or the bullpen for a full season. Curtis Granderson and David Wright will be back along with Travis d’Arnaud and Michael Conforto giving the Mets a young and energetic core.

Matt Harvey’s innings limit won’t be back for 2016 and neither will the innings limits for any of their starting pitchers. Yoenis Cespedes will not be back but I don’t think it was Cespedes alone that led the team to where they went this season. Maybe it was the confidence of having Cespedes in center field or batting in the middle of the order that brought the team together but it was not Cespedes alone. The Mets will have that confidence, and that chip on their shoulder from the World Series loss, and can use that and build on that for 2016.

As a fan of the New York Yankees it kills me to say it but the National League likely belongs to the New York Mets for a few more years. Don’t worry though, the state and city of New York still belongs to the Yankees.

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