At the 2012 All-Star break, the Mets were 46-40 and were trying to stay afloat in postseason contention. The team had certainly overachieved to that point with R.A. Dickey getting off to an amazing start to his season and being the favorite to win the NL Cy Young Award, while David Wright was making a case to be the MVP with the sizzling start he had at the plate.
No one had expected the Mets to contend at all this year, yet they gave themselves and their fans hope that maybe this would be the year they would get back to the postseason for the first time since 2006.
However, it apparently was not to be. Since the All-Star break, the Mets have been 11-26. The Mets' starting pitching, which had carried them throughout the first half had started to get worse, as Dillon Gee was lost for the rest of the season and Johan Santana spent a stint on the disabled list as well.
Dickey has not pitched as well overall in the second half, while Jon Niese has not been particularly consistent all season. Matt Harvey though has been a great addition to the rotation and should be a fixture for years to come. As for the bullpen, it has been a disaster the entire season in just every aspect to say the least.
Offensively, Wright has fallen off in the second half, with his average down to 3.20. Ike Davis, who had gotten off to such a slow start to his season, has started to hit better in the last two months, while Daniel Murphy has been hitting well in what seems to be every other month. Another big surprise has been Ruben Tejada, who is batting .310.
The outfield though has been a different story. Aside from the surprising pinch-hit home runs that Jordany Valdespin has had and the power Scott Hairston has displayed against left-handed pitching, the outfield has been a lost cause all season.
Jason Bay and Andres Torres have both struggled at the plate, while Lucas Duda and Kirk Nieuwenhuis are both currently in the minor leagues. The fact that catcher Josh Thole has not been particularly impressive this year both offensively and defensively doesn't help as well.
With all this being said, general manager Sandy Alderson will have a lot of work to do in the upcoming offseason in order to improve the team for 2013. There will be contracts that will need to get re-signed, free agents to target and current Mets that will be going elsewhere.
Hopefully, Alderson can continue the great work he has done as he continues to build the Mets into perennial contenders.
Here are 10 ways Alderson can assure Mets fans that the team is indeed going in the right direction.