The Mets have added a whole other draft class and with them comes hope they will become great players that will lead the team to another World Series. They were close with Michael Conforto in 2015, and hopefully, they will be close again.
Overall, many will tell you the draft is a crap shoot. Sometimes the best player you draft is towards the end of the draft. The Dodgers can tell you about that with Mike Piazza. Other times, you draft the incredible talent, but you are unable to sign him to a deal. He re-enters the draft, and you see him go and succeed elsewhere. Worse yet, you do sign him, and you trade him before he figures it out.
In any event, the New York Mets have been drafting since 1965. Can you name the 10 best players the Mets have ever drafted? Good luck!
On Monday, MLB draft will begin, and the Mets will look to add their next superstar. The hope is the player drafted becomes the next David Wright and not another Steven Chilcott. There’s certainly hope as with the exception of last year’s draft, every single one of Alderson’s first round draft picks have reached the majors.
Can you name Sandy Alderson’s first round draft picks with the Mets? Good luck!
With the way the Mets season has been progressing, it appears Michael Conforto will be the team’s lone All Star. If he is, it will be the 21st time in the Mets 55 year history they have had just one All Star. Can you name the Mets players who were named as the team’s lone All Star? Good luck!
Richie Ashburn Duke Snider Ron Hunt Ed Kranepool Tom Seaver John Stearns Pat Zachry Joel Youngblood Jesse Orosco David Cone Bobby Bonilla Bret Saberhagen Mike Piazza Armando Benitez Daniel Murphy Jacob deGrom
This year the Mets have received some unexpected contributions from T.J. Rivera and Paul Sewald to help keep their season afloat. If both of them are able to keep up this level of production, they will certainly garner some votes the the 2017 National League Rookie of the Year Award.
Believe it or not, if they were to receives those votes, they would only be the 32nd and 33rd players in the 55 year history of the Mets franchise to even receive a vote for Rookie of the Year. Can you name the other 31? Good luck!
Steven Matz Noah Syndergaard Jacob deGrom Jeurys Familia Travis d’Arnaud Ike Davis Kazuo Matsui Jose Reyes Ty Wigginton Jay Payton Rey Ordonez Bobby Jones Gregg Jefferies Randy Myers Kevin Mitchell Roger McDowell Dwight Gooden Ron Darling Hubie Brooks Mookie Wilson Jeff Reardon Steve Henderson Jon Matlack John Milner Jerry Koosman Tom Seaver Cleon Jones Ron Hunt
Right now, the Mets pitching staff is performing well under expectations. Matt Harvey has a 5.63 ERA. Tommy Milone has a 5.91 ERA with the team. Robert Gsellman has an astounding 7.07 ERA. If all three of these pitchers pitch to an ERA over 5.00, that would more than double the amount of Mets starters who have had an ERA that high in their entire history. Can you name the two starters who have done that? Good luck!
So far this season, Terry Collins is using his bullpen heavily. Part of this is his starters do not go as deep into games as they once did. Another factor is Collins is over-managing at times to the point where he is doing matchups when the Mets have large leads late in games. As a result, four of the bullpen arms are on pace for more than 70 appearances in a season with two others not being far behind.
This would not be the first time Collins had a reliever make 70 appearances in a season. In fact, it won’t be the first time he has had multiple relievers make 70 appearances in the season. Can you name all the relievers who have made over 70 appearances in a season? Good luck!
On Monday, the Mets played their first ever game at SunTrust Park meaning the Mets would no longer have to face the Braves at the House of Horrors that is Turner Field. During the game, the Mets set a number of firsts in the ballpark including their first home run there. The home run in that game was the 58th ballpark the Mets have hit a home run in. Can you name the Mets player who first homered in each park? Good luck!
Gil Hodges Frank Thomas Joe Christopher Cliff Cook Marv Throneberry Gene Woodling Ron Hunt Ron Swoboda Ed Kranepool Donn Clendenon Cleon Jones Tommie Agee Ken Boswell John Stearns Dave Kingman Lenny Dykstra Jeromy Burnitz Jeff Kent Rico Brogna Bernard Gilkey Matt Franco Brian McRae Manny Alexander Matt Franco Mike Piazza Todd Zeile Edgardo Alfonzo Robin Ventura Edgardo Alfonzo Tony Clark Jason Phillips Timo Perez Gerald Williams Carlos Beltran Jose Reyes David Wright John Buck Ike Davis Gary Sheffield Cliff Floyd Daniel Garcia
Overall, the tale of Rafael Montero is one of unfulfilled potential. Since at least 2014, the Mets have been tantalized by that potential, and they have given him chance after chance to succeed in the majors. Their reward this year is Montero struggling yet again going 0-2 with a 9.45 ERA, 3.600 WHIP, and a 10.8 BB/9.
In his wake, Montero has left behind a number of Mets pitchers. Some are gone because they were needed to be traded to bulk up the 2015 team to make a postseason run. Others are simply gone because the Mets valued Montero higher than them. The Mets were right in some instances, and wrong in others. Can you name the 32 pitchers who have pitched in the majors since Montero’s call-up in 2014 that are no longer a part of the Mets organization? Good luck!
Gabriel Ynoa Logan Verrett Bartolo Colon Jon Niese Jim Henderson Dario Alvarez Antonio Bastardo Akeel Morris Carlos Torres Buddy Carlyle Eric O’Flaherty Bobby Parnell Tyler Clippard Alex Torres Tim Stauffer Matthew Bowman Jack Leathersich Dillon Gee Michael Fulmer Luis Cessa John Gant Robert Whalen Vic Black Cory Mazzoni Daisuke Matsuzaka Gonzalez German Dana Eveland Jose Valverde Kyle Farnsworth John Lannan
Watching Yoenis Cespedes launch three home runs in Citizen’s Bank Park, you are reminded why you believe he will one day win a National League MVP Award. If he does that, he will be the first ever Mets player to accomplish that feat.
That’s not to say he would be the first ever that was deserving. If you go to Baseball Reference and hold your mouse over the WAR column on a player’s page, it will tell you players who accumulate a WAR of 8.0 or more are MVP caliber. Can you name the Mets position players who have done that? Good luck!
With Wednesday’s start, Bartolo Colon faced off against many of his former teammates including his former catcher Travis d’Arnaud and his fellow rotation mate Jacob deGrom. Overall, in Colon’s three years with the Mets, he has made many teammates, and during the course of the season, he will face many of them.
What is interesting about Colon is that he has played with many former Mets before he even put on a Mets uniform. In fact, Colon’s teammates with other teams have ties to the Mets dating back as far as 1984. In total, Colon has played with 71 former or current Mets in a location other than New York. Can you name those players? Good luck!
Kevin Mitchell Dwight Gooden Tony Fernandez Jason Jacome David Segui Paul Byrd Carl Everett Edgardo Alfonzo Carlos Baerga Jeff Tam Masato Yoshii Octavio Dotel Shawon Dunston Shane Halter Orel Hershiser Rich Rodriguez Jerrod Riggan Rick White Matt Lawton Tom Martin Kane Davis Steve Reed Roberto Alomar Mike Bacsik David Weathers Gary Matthews Graeme Lloyd Cliff Floyd Karim Garcia Matt Ginter Ricky Gutierrez Brian Daubach Danny Graves Ramon Castro Darren Oliver Julio Franco Ricky Ledee Jose Valentin Endy Chavez Jon Adkins Sandy Alomar Aaron Sele Scott Schoeneweis Tony Armas Luis Ayala Gustavo Molina Ricardo Rincon Brian Schneider David Justice Fernando Tatis Lance Broadway Alex Cora Francisco Rodriguez Chris Carter Raul Valdes Jason Bay R.A. Dickey Willie Harris D.J. Carrasco Jack Egbert David Aardsma Collin Cowgill Aaron Laffey Carlos Torres Chris Young Buddy Carlyle Eric O’Flaherty Jerry Blevins Curtis Granderson Yoenis Cespedes