You can say the magic is back. You can also say the team just has a general manager who knew what he was doing from the onset. Even if the fans did not believe that.
The pitching has a been a force to be reckoned with. The Mets probably have the most dominating 1-2-3 punch in Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard in all of major league baseball. The only thing lacking was the offense.
This is where the fans hoped and prayed Sandy Alderson had a plan.
Going into the trade deadline, there were two players set to leave the team. Wilmer Flores and Zack Wheeler were those players.
A teary eyed Flores put it quite simply:
“Been with the Mets forever…I have all my teammates here.”
Nobody who has been with an organization outside of his country since the age of 16 wants to leave. It is his home. He left one home, one country, to be in another with a new family.
Wheeler placed a call to Alderson making his intentions quite clear:
“I’m happy that I’m still a Met. I’ve been here a few years now and I’ve been through the rebuilding stage. I want to be here until that’s finished.
I want to be a part of this pitching staff that we have here. I’m down here working my butt off to get better and come back better and be healthy. I just want to be a part of what’s going to happen here pretty soon.”
How many of you out there would call up your boss making a statement on where you want to stand?
So the tables were set for probably the biggest trade since Alderson came to Flushing. He gave two minor leaguers, kept Zack Wheeler as requested and got Yoenis Cespedes to wake up on offense desperate for power.
Since his debut on Saturday, Cespedes is hitting .333 with a .385 OBP and a .583 SLG. He has loved every minute of being a player on this team. He spoke about the atmosphere at Citi Field and the pitching staff as all reasons for him wanting to stay:
“…I would love for everything to work out and stay as a Met for a long, long time, because I like the atmosphere.”
“Every team needs pitching, and I think we have enough pitching to go all the way to the finals. Other teams that I’ve been around, they scored four and they give up four. This team, if we score four with the pitching that we have, we’ll be able to compete and go to the finals.”
Fans may have wondered what the front office wants. Do they actually want to win? When will they set the team up for success instead of what seems like failure? But after the acquisitions made by Alderson and still holding on to the top prospects, there is no doubt the front office is ready to win now and for a long time after that.
The only question remaining is what will become of Cespedes after the season is over. Will the team reach an extension with him before time is up?