After a tremendous start to the 2012 season, the Mets have fallen deep into the realm of irrelevancy. With over three weeks left in the season, New York is already mathematically eliminated from NL East contention and stand zero chance at earning either of the wild-card spots.
With the year all but over, the rest of the season will serve one purpose: 2013 tryouts.
Due to the roster expanding to 40 players, some of the highly-touted prospects in the Mets' farm system will get their chance over the next few weeks to prove themselves worthy of a spot on the 2013 Opening Day roster.
Will rookies make the most of their opportunity? Will veterans break their slump? All this will go a long way in deciding who will start the season at Citi Field next year.