There is talk that a Major League Baseball team will one day reside in Las Vegas. At the very least, the commissioner is open to the idea. Of course, there’s already a pro baseball team in Sin City: the Las Vegas 51s, the Triple-A affiliate of the New York Mets. Aside from the awesome logo on their hats, having its top affiliate in Vegas has been problematic for the Mets. The 2,237 miles from Vegas to Queens are most between any AAA team and its big league club, making it difficult for players to get to New York in a timely fashion.
The Mets offense, decimated by injuries, is anemic. I’m referring to this year’s team, but the same could have been said about the Mets at this point last season. A quick look at the numbers through 57 games:
The 2015 Mets, of course, became an elite offensive team late in the season, easily won the National League East, and advanced to the World Series. Can New York turn it around again this year?
When a team trades a star for a prospect, typically it takes longer than this to realize if the team that dealt the prospect made a mistake. Only three full seasons have passed since the trade that sent R.A. Dickey to the Blue Jays and Noah Syndergaard to the Mets, yet it’s already clear the Mets have won. Projecting the future for the players involved only makes it more lopsided in favor of New York. The deal is Exhibit A in the case for Mets GM Sandy Alderson as one of the best dealers in baseball.
I watched the Mets play in the World Series. I’ve been thinking about that fact nonstop for two reasons: I’m amazed that the Mets made it and grateful that I got to witness it in person. I was there for Games 4 and 5 this past weekend, and before you call me a bad-luck charm, know that I was also at Game 3 of the NLDS and Game 1 of the NLCS, both Mets wins. I was at all of these games thanks to my dad. My mom asked me if I was glad I was there this weekend, despite the results. Of course. Of course. This was the World Series. If you’re afraid of having your spirit crushed, don’t watch sports.
The Kansas City Royals are the 2015 World Series champions after beating the Mets in extra innings on Sunday night. The sequence of events that led to the outcome was both heartbreaking and familiar for Mets fans. More from their perspective to come. For now, check out my CBS Local recap of the decisive Game 5.
The Mets are right back in the World Series after Friday night’s 9-3 win. The bats came alive and Noah Syndergaard wasn’t messing around. Read all about Game 3 on CBS Local.
The New York Mets are down 2-0 in the World Series against the Kansas City Royals. In order to win, the Mets must win four games before the Royals win two more. Mets GM Sandy Alderson once referred to the team’s beat writers as “the citizens of Panic City.” A back-page headline in New York Thursday morning played off that phrase. But to quote Will Ferrell in Old School, “We’ve gotta keep our composure! We’ve come too far! There’s too much to lose!” Here are five reasons why Mets fans shouldn’t panic.