The New York Mets have not given fans many reasons to watch them play this year. There have been moments where the team has looked great, but for the most part, the Mets have been a disappointment this season. As football season approaches, many fans may find no reasons to continue to follow the Mets.
However, there are a number of reasons why fans should continue to keep up with the Mets into September.
1) September Call-Ups
The New York Mets September call-ups will feature a number of players that could play a big role for the team in 2011. This could be your first chance to see pitchers who could be a part of the rotation or a player who could take over a spot in the outfield next year.
One of the more exciting players that the Mets will likely call up is Jordany Valdespin. He has been having a great year in the minors and should be in the running for the Mets second base position next year.
2) This Could Be the Last Time Jose Reyes Wears a Mets Uniform
Jose Reyes is obviously a fan favorite at Citi Field. Luckily for Mets fans the team did not trade Reyes at the trade deadline. However, that does not mean that he will still be a Met next season.
Reyes is a free agent after the year and there is no guarantee that the Mets will be able to bring him back. He is one of the most exciting players in the MLB and Reyes will draw a lot of attention once he hits free agency.
3) A Possible Johan Santana Sighting
It is very evident that the New York Mets felt the loss of Johan Santana this season. Their rotation had no clear ace and the pitching staff struggled throughout the year.
There is a chance, the key word here is chance, that Santana makes it back to the majors this year. Although the timetable is tight, the Mets have not yet ruled out Santana for the rest of the year. He could make one start for the team in late September.
4) Watch the Development of Young Players
The New York Mets have a number of young players on their roster who are still developing. While there is only a month left in the season, this time could be important as ending the season on a good note will help with a player’s confidence.
Pedro Beato could be used in some more high pressure situations to see if he can handle it. Lucas Duda, Nick Evans and Ruben Tejada will all be able to add to the progress that they made this season in September.
5) Gary, Keith and Ron
Even if the Mets performance on the field is not entertaining, you can be certain that the comments from the Mets broadcast booth will be. Gary, Keith and Ron make up one of the best booths in baseball.
The group not only adds fantastic insight and commentary to the game, but they also tell great stories. Keith and Ron have some hilarious stories from their playing days that fans love to hear when there is a lull in the action.