Ehalt: Win-Now Moves Could Cost Mets In Future

The Mets are hot, Matt Ehalt says, but without a deep postseason run, GM Brodie Van Wagenen may regret "gutting the farm system"

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
August 08, 2019 - 9:18 am
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On July 12, the Mets lost to the Marlins, 8-4, to fall to 40-51 on the season. Since then, they are 19-5, have won 13 of 14 and have the best record since the All-Star Break. They are also, suddenly, just a half game back in the NL Wild Card race.

What the heck has gotten into the New York Mets (59-56)?

“I think it’s a combination of things,” Yahoo Sports MLB reporter Matt Ehalt said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “I think the confidence is growing, they’re getting better starting pitching, they’re getting better relief pitching, and this is the soft part of their schedule. The White Sox are pretty bad, the Pirates are miserable, the Marlins are one of the worst teams in baseball – it’s just a combination of seemingly everything coming up right at the same time and the Mets taking advantage of it.”

But are the Mets simply playing up to their ability, or is there something else going on?

“I think it’s a little bit of both,” Ehalt said. “I think a common thought in the first half of the season was, ‘These guys are not as bad as their record says they are.’ I think people expected them to play better eventually. Now, are they this good? No, the Mets are not one of the top 10 teams in baseball, I don’t think. But certainly they’ve put themselves in position to be in the Wild Card hunt, and they deserve credit for that. A month ago, it certainly did not seem that could be a possibility.”

The Mets were reportedly open to trading Noah Syndergaard and Zack Wheeler before the trade deadline. They not only kept both, but also traded for Marcus Stroman.

Thoughts on Brodie Van Wagenen’s decisions as general manager?

“There’s a certain boldness that we’re going to see if it pays off,” Ehalt said. “He’s kind of gutted the farm system, which could really cost him down the line. He’s made a lot of win-now moves without thinking of the future. It’s going to be pretty interesting to see what happens here. I do know there are people around the game who, they’re just not sure what the Mets are doing entirely. But it’s going to be interesting to see what the fall-out it. They’ve made a lot of moves this year, but if you do it just to get a Wild Card, was it really worth gutting the system?”

Despite their hot stretch, the Mets still trail the Braves (68-48) by 8.5 games in the NL East.

“Unless the Braves collapse, the best-case scenario for the Mets is a one-game Wild Card,” Ehalt said. “If they don’t make much of a run, I don’t know. I think most people would say if you gut the farm system and you don’t get as far as you should, you probably don’t look back and think of those years as a success.”

Click below to listen to Ehalt’s interview in its entirety.