Last Home Game For Some Mets

As the Mets take the field today against the Oakland Athletics, they will play their last home game before the trade deadline.  With the Mets looking to sell, this will likely be the final home game for many of the Mets players.  If so, it has been a fun ride.

Lucas Duda – Duda has had an interesting Mets career.  He was the right fielder for the Johan Santana no-hitter.  He won the first base job from Ike Davis.  He become a power bat in the middle of a Mets lineup that went to the World Series.  He is a grand slam in the NL East clincher.  He hit a three run homer in the NLCS clincher.  He made a bad throw allowing Eric Hosmer to score.  Overall, he has been an underrated Met, who became one of the team’s rare power threats at the position.

Curtis Granderson – Granderson has been the consummate professional, and he was the first major free agent to come to the Mets in the Sandy Alderson Era.  He kept the Mets afloat in the 2015 season as the team dropped like flies around him.  All three homers in the World Series gave the Mets a lead.  He had a great September last year leading the Mets charge to the Wild Card. He accepted a bench role this season.  He has been a great Met and an even better man doing more for the community than perhaps any Mets player we have ever seen.

Asdrubal Cabrera – It was his hot hitting bat that helped the Mets get the top Wild Card.  After years of poor shortstop play, he was a steadying force.  Things have not gone as well this year, but he is now doing all he can do to help the team.

Addison Reed – Reed was a shot in the dark when the Mets grabbed him before the waiver trade deadline in 2015.  From there, Reed became the Mets best reliever, and perhaps the best reliever in baseball over that timeframe.  He went from 7th inning reliever to a pennant winner to a dominant 8th inning guy last year to a lights out closer this year.  He is the biggest trade chip, and he’s most likely going to be the first player gone.  When he goes, he will leave behind a spot in the bullpen that will be near impossible to fill.

Jay Bruce – It is a testament to Bruce that he is having a career year this year after playing some of his worst baseball when he first put on a Mets uniform last year.  He’s on pace for his first ever 40 home run season, and he has given the Mets a reason to consider trying to bring him back.

Jerry Blevins – The lanky Blevins is perhaps the least likely player to be traded of all that are on trading block due to his team option.  If he goes, out the door goes the player who has made more appearances out of the bullpen than anyone this year.  With him would go a terrific LOOGY out of the pen who pitched his best baseball in a Mets uniform.

There are other players we do not reasonably anticipate to go, which makes watching today all the more important.  For any of the aforementioned players as well as some other players like Wilmer Flores, this will be the last time they will wear the home jerseys at Citi Field.  Each one of these players have given us reason to cheer.  Hopefully, they get an extra big cheer today.

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