My dad and I always practiced the mantra of being loyal until the last out.
That meant watching the Mets until the last day of the season whether they were in contention or not.
If you’re like me and my old man and watch the games regardless of the outcome, there are still a few things to keep an eye on as the season draws to a close.
The Mets ace has been sidelined since the end of April with a partially torn lat, but will begin a rehab assignment Saturday with the Gulf Coast League Mets.
While New York shouldn’t rush Thor back, the goal seems to be getting him to the majors for a handful of games by the end of the month.
When you have a long layoff like the right-hander did, it’s important to work your way back slow. The velocity might not be there at first for the 25-year-old, but keeping an eye on his arm will be something to watch as the season concludes.
Like Syndergaard, Familia missed a majority of the season after undergoing surgery to remove a blood clot in his shoulder.
The results haven’t yet been there for the Mets closer, who has had a couple rough outings since his return.
His velocity has been down, but that can be chalked up to him not ramping it up completely and still testing the waters.
Familia will likely be 100 percent next season, but the final month will be a time for him to work out his kinks.
Plawecki is 8-for-22 (.364) with two doubles, one homer and three RBI in eight games since returning to the Mets.
Travis d’Arnaud has struggled all season and with the Mets seemingly still trying to compete next year, they may choose to upgrade behind the dish.
The final month of the season should work as an audition for Plawecki to see if he’s part of the team’s future plans or not.
Since returning, he seems to be a changed player, though it’s a small sample size. It will be interesting to see if the catcher can keep it up.
Harvey will be starting for the first time Saturday at the big league level since mid-June after hitting the disabled list with a stress injury in his right shoulder.
The 28-year-old underwent surgery in the offseason to relieve Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and didn’t look comfortable on the mound all season.
His velocity was low in his rehab starts leading up to being activated off the DL, so it will be worth watching to see if Harvey can get back to his dominant form or if he will struggle like he has the last two seasons.
Another deadline has passed and Cabrera is still a New York Met.
The veteran infielder has been playing day in and day out and will likely be on the team again next year if the Mets do in fact pick up his option.
With the Mets out of contention and knowing what they have from Cabrera already, will they still choose to play him or give someone like Gavin Cecchini a chance?
It would be smart to see what you have from the former first round pick the final month and acting accordingly this offseason.