NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Mets’ season ended on a high note with back-to-back victories against the Astros at Citi Field in the final series of the season.
New York tied the Braves for second place in the National League East, but suffered its sixth consecutive losing season. The Amazins’ 79 wins were their most since 2010.
Despite their record, the Mets made lots of progress in 2014. Travis d’Arnaud, Lucas Duda and Juan Lagares cemented themselves as key pieces moving forward, Daniel Murphy had an All-Star campaign and Jacob deGrom could very will win the National League Rookie of the Year Award.
The bullpen was excellent behind Jenrry Mejía, Jeurys Familia and Vic Black, and the starters lived up to expectations.
And in 2015, the Mets will add an important piece to the puzzle at no extra cost: Matt Harvey.
Harvey, who missed the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery, expects his club to win — and win often — next year.
“Harv came into the dugout in the ninth inning and told me we’re going to do it next year,” manager Terry Collins told reporters in his postgame press conference. “He doesn’t lie to me.”
Bobby Parnell, who began the season as the Mets’ closer, will make a deep bullpen even deeper when he returns to the mound after recovering from Tommy John surgery. And starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard, the organization’s top prospect, will make his major-league debut and join the rotation barring an injury.
The Mets still need to add some offense and have holes at both shortstop and left field, but the future is bright.
“I’m very pleased with what we were able to accomplish this year,” general manager Sandy Alderson said. “I like what we have going forward. But, at the same time, we need to get 10 or 12 games better. Whether we can do that from within is difficult to say. We’re not going to rely on what we have currently, but I like what we have.”
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