Five Things To Focus On In September

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.

Noah Syndergaard

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.

Jeurys Familia

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.

Kevin Plawecki

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.

Matt Harvey

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.

Asdrubal Cabrera

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.

In addition to what is listed above, seeing Amed Rosario and Dominic Smith the final month will also be a pleasure as they gear up for starting roles in 2018.

It will also be nice to see Jacob Rhame and Jamie Callahan make their major league debuts and see what the Mets have with them as they build their bullpen for next season.

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Rob Piersall is a fourth-year student at SUNY New Paltz, studying journalism with a minor in communications. He is also the managing editor for his school's newspaper, The Oracle. A Mets fan since the age of six in 2001, Rob is senior editor here at MMO. His favorite thing is reporting breaking Mets news and transactions as well as writing columns. He is also ready to see what Mickey Callaway brings to the table in 2018. LGM! Follow Rob on Twitter: @RobPiersall.