As we continue to look at the season that was for the New York Mets, we will now take a look at some of the surprises and disappointments for the Mets in 2013. The 2013 season was a roller coaster for the Mets, and the team experienced some highs and lows throughout the campaign. With that in mind, we have highlighted the three biggest surprises and disappointments for the Mets this past season.
1. The Emergence of Matt Harvey: With Johan Santana going down for the season and Shaun Marcum starting the year on the disabled list, Matt Harvey was asked to shoulder more of the load in the starting rotation. Initially slotted as the number two starter behind Jon Niese, Harvey seized the role of ace within a month. Harvey's starts became must watch TV and he became a star very quickly. Harvey's superb first half led to him being named the National League Starting pitcher for the All Star Game at Citi Field. Harvey became the first Met since Dwight Gooden to host the game, a huge accomplishment and moment of pride for the Mets fans. Harvey's season was eventually cut short, but we'll get to that later.
2. Dillon Gee's Turnaround: After a subpar first two months of the season, Dillon Gee appeared to be on his way out of the Mets' starting rotation. Gee carried an ERA well north of six into a start against the Yankees in the Bronx on May 30th. Gee turned his season around that night, striking out 12 Yankees as the Mets completed the sweep in the Bronx. From that point forward, Gee was arguably the Mets' best starting pitcher. Gee finished his season with a 12-11 record and a 3.52 ERA while pitching a career high 199 innings. Gee's season was even more remarkable considering he missed the second half of 2012 after surgery to treat a blood clot in his pitching shoulder.
3. The Outfield: Going into the season, many folks considered the Mets' outfield to be an absolute joke. For the first two months of the season, it pretty much was. The Mets managed to re-tool it on the fly, demoting Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Lucas Duda while shipping Collin Cowgill and Rick Ankiel out of town. Marlon Byrd seized the right field job and became the Mets' cleanup hitter, having a career year after being signed off the scrap heap last winter. Prospect Juan Lagares seized the center field job and wowed with his amazing defense, while new acquisition Eric Young Jr stabilized left field and the leadoff spot. Even though the Mets have more work to do in the outfield going forward, particularly after trading Byrd to Pittsbugh in August, their outfield play went from mediocre to strong in the span of about a month.
1. The Loss of Matt Harvey: While Matt Harvey's emergence was the biggest surprise of the Mets' season, his loss was by far the team's biggest disappointment. Harvey seemed to slow down a tad in the second half, and no one really blinked an eye when Harvey complained of fatigue after a rough outing against the Detroit Tigers in late August. Harvey went for an MRI a few days later that revealed he had a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament, ending his season prematurely. Harvey just decided to undergo Tommy John Surgery two days ago, news that will knock him out for the entire 2014 season as well. The news came as a gut punch to Mets' fans, who spent the season getting excited about their ace only to have an injury cruelly take him away.
2. Ike Davis: No one player was as big a disappointment for the Mets as first baseman Ike Davis. After a strong second half in 2012 saw Davis finish with 32 home runs and 90 RBI's, he was expected to be the team's cleanup hitter. Davis struggled mightily again in 2013, getting off to a slow start that saw himself get banished to Triple-A in June. Davis returned after a month and played a little better in the second half before getting hurt. Davis hurt his oblique in September and was lost for the season. After hitting only .205 with nine home runs and 33 RBI's on the year, Davis failed to secure his future as the Mets' first baseman and left his roster spot in jeopardy.
3. Ruben Tejada: Even though Ike Davis was the biggest disappointment for Mets players, Tejada came pretty close. Tejada was expected to be the team's shortstop of the future after Jose Reyes departed two years ago. Tejada's strong 2012 campaign was a great sign for the Mets, but he completely undid all his progress in 2013. Tejada showed up to camp out of shape and promptly underperformed in the season's first two months. An injury saw Tejada get Wally Pipped by light hitting Omar Quintanilla, and he was banished to Las Vegas until September. To add injury to insult, Tejada broke his leg after being recalled by the Mets in September. Given that GM Sandy Alderson has been publicly critical of Tejada, the young shortstop probably doesn't factor into the Mets' plans long term. ,
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