The New York Mets are a team that many people thought would compete for the NL East title this season.
Yet, they have a better chance of finishing in last place than they do of making the playoffs.
One player that came to New York for a chance to win a championship was starting pitcher Justin Verlander.
The reigning AL Cy Young winner signed a two-year deal with the Mets before the season.
But it has not gone as planned.
With the Mets sitting eight games below .500 at 35-43, Verlander is stunned by the direction this season has taken.
According to Mike Puma, Verlander said, “I don’t think anyone saw this coming.”
Justin Verlander on the Mets’ free fall that has buried them eight games below ,500: “I don’t think anyone saw this coming.”
— Mike Puma (@NYPost_Mets) June 27, 2023
Winning the NL East is essentially out of the picture for the Mets at this point.
They are 16 games behind the Braves for first place, and Atlanta has shown no sign of slowing down.
Verlander is one of many Mets players that has not performed up to expectation.
He has made 10 starts this season with an ERA of 4.11.
In his 57 innings pitched he only has 49 strikeouts.
We have become accustomed to Verlander being a dominant strikeout pitcher but that has not been the case.
The current Mets roster is not good enough to overcome the hole they find themselves in.
So they need to make some changes at the trade deadline if they want to try and make a push for the Wild Card.
The Mets have been one of the most disappointing teams in baseball.
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