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Mets Season Review

Jerad Eickhoff was bad, but he’s not the one to blame

He’s a very easy target, but the fault goes far beyond a guy making 5 appearances.

Jacob deGrom was again the best pitcher in the world before injuries set in

The Mets were lost without their ace.

Aside from dugout fireworks, Jeff McNeil was boring in 2021

Despite being one of the most productive offensive players in the game over the past few seasons, McNeil provided little offensive value to the Mets this year.

Dominic Smith left a lot to be desired in 2021

Smith went from an MVP caliber season to a bat off the bench in a year.

J.D. Davis suffered through an injury plagued season in 2021

The righty was bothered by a hand injury through much of the season.

The Mets made a Dick Mountain out of a Rich Hill

Sure, he wasn’t the best arm traded at the deadline, but he sure was the oldest.

It was a tale of two halves for Taijuan Walker in 2021

Walker made the All-Star team for the first time in his major league career. Alas, there was an entire second half of baseball to play after that.

Miguel Castro was solid in middle relief for the Mets in 2021

Like much of the 2021 Mets bullpen, he had his rough patches, but was otherwise reliable.

Brandon Nimmo was pretty good when on the field in 2021

The always smiling centerfielder was one of the Mets’ best offensive players when healthy.

David Peterson’s 2021 proved to be a sophomore slump

Some great starts and some terrible starts combined for a mediocre result.

Pete Alonso was one of the Mets’ most consistent performers in 2021

Because of his prodigious rookie year in 2019, one could even argue he was probably underrated this season.

Yennsy Díaz pitched for the Mets in 2021

The other pitching Díaz didn’t fare as well as his higher-paid teammate

Queens was the most successful destination for Billy McKinney in 2021

McKinney played for 3 different teams this year, and the Mets were the only one he was actually productive for.

Francisco Lindor’s debut season with the Mets was solid

Lindor struggled mightily at the plate early but recovered.

Seth Lugo was not quite his normal self in 2021

The 31-year-old had some struggles this year after elbow surgery in the beginning of spring training.

Brandon Drury was a solid bench piece for the Mets in 2021

The utilityman delivered some key hits when the team was struggling.

Trevor May pumped out the content and pumped the fastballs by hitters

May had a solid season out of the bullpen while also continuing his heavy online presence.

Tomás Nido played well enough to stick around

Nidoking proved himself the team’s (backup) catcher of the future

Aloha, and then Aloha, and then Aloha, Mr. Hand

Brad Hand had a very, very strange 2021.

Javier Báez was productive, controversial, exciting, and frustrating

In other words, he was Javier Báez.

The Stro Show was one of the main attractions for the Mets in 2021

Stroman fought vibe vampires and poo poo takes to put together one of the best seasons of his career.

Aaron Loup was outstanding for the 2021 Mets

The lefty was the team’s best reliever

Drew Smith had a good season bookended by bad injury luck

Though his season was cut short, Smith showed a lot of potential.

Joey Lucchesi had a promising, but injury-shortened, season

The Mets lost the lefty in June after he underwent Tommy John surgery.

Injuries stalled an otherwise fine season for Luis Guillorme

Guillorme played well when not hurt

For a brief but glorious time in 2021, Mazeika Magic was the talk of the town

The catcher made his mark early in the season during the time when the Bench Mob ran things.

2021 was the year that Cookie crumbled

Carrasco was hindered by injuries early on, and never really found his footing in his first year in Flushing.

Jeurys Familia’s improved pitching did not translate into results in 2021

Familia pitched better than he has in years with one big exception

James McCann was a gamble that did not pay off

McCann came to New York and immediately reverted back to being the player he was in Detroit.

Albert Almora Jr.’s time in New York was brief and unspectacular

His offense was as advertised—which is to say, non-existent—but his defense was solid.

Conforto came up small in what may have been his final season with the Mets

Conforto’s possible swan song in New York was extremely out of key.

Tylor Megill’s debut season was a rookie rollercoaster

The epic highs and lows of major league baseball, as experienced by rookie starter Tylor Megill.