With the season soon drawing to a close, many people feel vindicated for the faith they’ve shown in the team’s upward mobility during the Alderson/Collins regime. Others are happy with what they’ve seen happen, but register surprise at exactly how they got to where they are. Towards that end, what is the most surprising thing to you about the 2015 Mets season thus far? Here are some nominees:
- Michael Conforto – getting the call from AA and flourishing to the tune of .285 on a pace for 32/92 over a full season
- Michael Cuddyer – delivering virtually nothing all year after being a professional hitter 14 years for Minnesota and Colorado
- Curtis Granderson – rebounding to exceed pretty much all of his numbers from 2014
- Wilmer Flores – delivering Jhonny Peralta offense at 1/30th the cost
- Ruben Tejada – bouncing back from consecutive .202 and .237 campaigns to post a respectable .264
- Sean Gilmartin -- the Rule V pick who had never pitched out of the bullpen coming through with a 3-1 record and a 2.74 ERA, sticking with the big club all year
- Steven Matz – getting the call to the majors and showing why he dominated at every level
- Jenrry Mejia – getting popped a second time for performance enhancing drugs
- Jeurys Familia – taking over the closer role out of necessity and flourishing
- The Injuries – David Wright, Travis d’Arnaud, Zack Wheeler, Josh Edgin, Jerry Blevins, Erik Goeddel, Buddy Carlyle, Juan Lagares (though they haven’t admitted it yet), Dario Alvarez, Lucas Duda, Daniel Murphy and Rafael Montero.
- The Cuts – Kirk Nieuwenhuis, John Mayberry, Eric Campbell, Dillon Gee and others shown the door
- Terry Collins – demonstrating that with some roster reinforcements he can win some games
- Sandy Alderson – after four years of pretty much inertia, a July/August whirlwind of activity to bring Yoenis Cespedes, Tyler Clippard, Juan Uribe, Kelly Johnson, Addison Reed and Eric O’Flaherty to help push the team over the top
Part two to the question is what will surprise you most over the next month?
- Wrapping it up before the Washington Nationals series in October?
- NOT wrapping it up before then?
- Making it to the LCS?
- Not making it to the LCS?
- Making it to the World Series?
- Not making it to the World Series?
- Winning the World Series?
To answer my own questions, the Alderson activity is the biggest surprise of all, and I'll go with making it to the LCS as a shocker. The team has been feast or famine, but it's been more of the latter when they play good opponents.
What do you say?