With Mickey Callaway at the helm and with Dave Eiland as the new pitching coach, the Mets are once again banking on their pitching staff carrying them to the World Series. As we saw in 2015, when this staff is operating at its best, it is certainly capable of doing so.
Really, that speaks to any era in Mets history. Certainly, the 1969 and 1986 World Series Championships were at least partially driven by great starting pitching. It should therefore come as no surprise that many of the pitchers who pitched on these teams are among the Mets All-Time ERA leaders.
Can you name the Top 10 Mets in ERA? Good luck!
Early on, Mickey Callaway announced his intentions to use his best relievers in the highest leverage spots and not just in the ninth inning. As a result, in addition to Jeurys Familia, we may very well see AJ Ramos, Anthony Swarzak, Jerry Blevins, or even Hansel Robles out there looking to close out a game. This creates the possibility of the Mets having multiple relievers with over 10 saves.
This is something that has happened 12 times in Mets history. Sometimes, it was due to injury. Others, it was the intended plan. Whatever the case, can you name the closers who have at least 10 saves in the same season another Mets reliever had at least 10 saves? Good luck!
One of the themes of this offseason has been Sandy Alderson going out and bringing back some players to help this current team try to win a World Series. We have seen these efforts work in the past with the Mets bringing back Bobby Bonilla in 1999 and Endy Chavez and Pedro Feliciano in 2006. We have also seen these efforts fail miserably like when the Mets brought back Roger Cedeno and Jeromy Burnitz in 2002.
Where this season falls on the spectrum is still to be determined. Those results will largely depend on those players the Mets have brought back to the team. Can you name them? Good luck!
As pitchers and catchers officially reported to Spring Training, new Mets manager Mickey Callaway is seeking to bring the Mets back to the World Series. In some ways, 2015 is another lifetime ago. Still, it really was only three years ago.
In total, there would be 49 players who appeared in a game for the Mets. Of that 49, there are only 13 who will be on the Mets Opening Day roster this season. Can you name them? Good luck!
Travis d’Arnaud Kevin Plawecki Wilmer Flores David Wright Juan Lagares Yoenis Cespedes Michael Conforto Jacob deGrom Matt Harvey Noah Syndergaard Steven Matz Hansel Robles Jenrry Mejia Rafael Montero Jerry Blevins
With the Mets signing Todd Frazier, the team has added a third baseman who has averaged 30 homers since the 2013 season. In their history, the Mets have seen third baseman who could hit for that type of power. However, there have not been that many who have been able to do so.
Are you able to name the third baseman in Mets history who have hit the most homers? Good luck!
With Johan Santana disappointingly getting dropped off the Hall of Fame ballot after failing to receive five percent of the vote, he will not join Tom Seaver, Mike Piazza, and other former Mets who have entered the Hall of Fame. He will also not join five other Hall of Famers who finished their careers as a member of the New York Mets.
Can you name those five Hall of Famers? Good luck!
Despite Daniel Murphy winning the 2015 NLCS MVP, the Mets seemed all too happy to let him depart via free agency. Instead of Murphy, the Mets first sought after Ben Zobrist, who spurned them for the Cubs, before trading Jon Niese for Neil Walker.
Walker was supposed to stabilize the position, and there was hopes he would be a Met for the long haul with the team offering him the qualifying offer. Instead, Walker had two injury riddled years before he was traded to the Brewers for minor league right-hand relief prospect Eric Hanhold.
Now, the Mets are once again in the position of finding out who their next second baseman will be. That task becomes all the more difficult when Ian Kinsler rejected a trade to the Mets, upper management rejected a trade for Jason Kipnis, and the Mets are reportedly not entertaining trading Brandon Nimmo for Josh Harrison.
The end result likely is the second base quagmire will continue. That quagmire has seen the Mets play 12 different players at second base over the past two seasons. Can you name them all? Good luck!
With Jay Bruce returning to the Mets, he is attempting to win a World Series during his second stint with the team. That is just a feat accomplished just once in Mets history. In fact, there are only 10 players who have been to the postseason in their second stint with the team. Can you name those players? Good luck!
Yesterday, the Mets had a player unexpectedly fall to them who could be of great help to them in 2018. Because the Mets are who they are, that player was immediately traded to the Kansas City Royals for cash considerations or a player to be named later.
Still, that player counts as a Mets Rule 5 pick much in the same way Johan Santana counts as a Florida Marlins Rule 5 Draft Pick even though he was immediately traded to the Minnesota Twins.
With the Mets having made another Rule 5 pick, can you name the Rule 5 draft picks the team has made in during the Sandy Alderson era? Good luck!
Since the Mets first season in 1962, the franchise has the most 90 loss seasons in baseball. Generally speaking, if you look at the players who have received the most plate appearances in those seasons you can ascertain why those teams have struggled so. Conversely, you can also look at the players with the most plate appearances and see why the Mets were good that season. Can you name the Mets players who have had the most plate appearances each year? Good luck!
Jose Reyes Curtis Granderson Daniel Murphy David Wright Mike Cameron Ty Wigginton Roberto Alomar Todd Zeile Edgardo Alfonzo John Olerud Jose Vizcaino Lance Johnson Bobby Bonilla Eddie Murray Howard Johnson Gregg Jefferies Keith Hernandez Mookie Wilson Dave Kingman Lee Mazzilli Willie Montanez Felix Millan Rusty Staub Bud Harrelson Tommie Agee Ed Kranepool Joe Christopher Frank Thomas Ron Hunt Tommy Davis Cleon Jones