You can make a strong argument that the New York Mets are the most disappointing team in baseball. The new regime made additions this offseason to give this club a better chance to win, and the expectation was for this team to contend for an NL East title. Well, they are from doing that, as they are below .500 and not in the mix for a playoff berth.
This isn't a lack of the front office addressing their needs. The players are underachieving and not getting it done. Here are the four biggest disappointments on this Mets' roster.
4. OF Brandon Nimmo
Brandon Nimmo appeared to be a nice surprise last year, as he played at an All-Star level (17 home runs and .886 OPS), but he's been far from that in 2019. Nimmo is currently on the IL with a neck injury, but before that he wasn't giving the Mets anything at the plate, as he was hitting .200 with 3 home runs and 48 strikeouts over 130 at-bats.
3. RHP Noah Syndergaard
We all know how dominant Noah Syndergaard can be, but he's very inconsistent, and in 14 starts he holds a 4.45 ERA with 88 strikeouts over 89 innings. That's not the ace we've been waiting to see.
2. RHP Jacob deGrom
I don't think anyone expected a repeat historic season for Jacob deGrom this year, but did anyone think his ERA would balloon to 3.45 in 13 starts? He's been better since a rocky month of April (6.30 ERA over four starts), but he's been blown up a lot more this year than his Cy Young season in 2018. This team relies on their starting pitching, and deGrom needs to lead the way with excellence every time out.
1. 2B Robinson Cano
New York's offense has been an issue for several years now, but the addition of Robinson Cano was supposed to fix that. Think again. The prolific offensive second baseman is hitting .238/.284/.366 with only 3 home runs and 14 RBI. Oh, and he still doesn't run hard on the basepaths.