All right, the Mets’ season ended Wednesday, and we all know that as a whole, their year was anything but Amazin’. Their final record was a sad 74-88 — but there was also a lot to cheer about, and much to look forward to next spring.
RA Dickey, the knuckleball pitcher, became the first Met since 1990 to win 20 games, and is a serious contender for the Cy Young Award. He was also the first pitcher on any team with a losing record to win 20 games since 1995.
Johan Santana also made Mets history when he threw the first no-hitter in the team’s entire 50-year history on June 1 —thanks in no small part to one of those catches you never forget, Mike Baxter’s self-sacrificing grab, made as he crashed into the wall.
And let’s not forget that third baseman David Wright has now racked up more hits than any Met ever, passing Ed Kranepool with number 1,419, as well as 1,420, a week ago Wednesday.
Let’s celebrate these milestones and not think so much about the rest of that awful stretch between the All-Star break and Labor Day. After all, Ruben Tejada did a fine job replacing Jose Reyes at shorstop, eliminating one major worry, and the Mets did at least finish ahead of the Marlins. The team has some good young pitching, and You Gotta Believe that if everyone stays healthy, 2013 will be a brighter year for the Mets.