On July 31 in 2015, the New York Mets were 53-50, and 7 games behind division-leading Washington. This season, the Mets are 54-50, and 6.5 games off of the Nationals pace. To quote Yogi Berra, it’s deja vu all over again. Last years season turned around with the trade deadline acquisitions of Yoenis Cespedes, Kelly Johnson and Juan Uribe.
This year’s trade deadline poses a different scenario, as the prospects required to gain the same type of players are not as available as last year. Given the recent spate of injuries to Jose Reyes, Juan Lagares, and Asdrubal Cabrera, the Mets are in dire need to some offense going forward.
July was not a good month offensively. Although they outscored their opponents 101-99, they went from July 7 to the 31st failing to score more than 5 runs in a game. 2 runs were scored in a game 8 times this month. On the other hand opponents were consistently scoring between 3 and 7 runs per game, occurring 20 times this month.
The Mets ended the month dropping 3 of 4 to the Colorado Rockies, a series that included Jeurys Familia's second consecutive blown save. Here are the 3 Mets who performed well in the series:
Alejandro De Aza: 4 for 8, Double, RBI.
With the injury to Lagares, and Michael Conforto and Brandon Nimmo being mentioned in trade rumors, De Aza will need to show that he can produce, especially at the top of the lineup if Reyes will be missing considerable time with his injury. Starting the season, De Aza was the 5th man in the outfield. It’s looking like he will be seeing more action in the coming weeks.
James Loney: 3 for 12, Home Run, 3 Runs, RBI.
Loney has been a decent fill-in for Lucas Duda at First, hitting .282 with 6 Home Runs and 21 RBI’s. Barring any trades, Loney should see significant time at first until Duda’s return in September.
Neil Walker: 9 for 16, Double, Triple, Home Run, 3 Runs, 4 RBI’s.
The most obvious choice for the top star in this series. Heck, the most obvious choice for the top star of the month based on the rest of the team’s offense in July. Walker’s 3 run Home Run in the 7th on Sunday saved the Mets for being swept this weekend.
Up next is the annual home and home Subway Series against the Yankees. It will be interesting to see if the team that we saw on Sunday will still be the team we see after 4pm Monday.