The 2019 New York Mets saw themselves having one of the best turnarounds of any team in the second half of the season last year. If it was not for their league leading 28 blown saves, they may have seen themselves playing deep into October.
As the weather began to heat up, the Mets were set into a free fall towards the bottom of the division. Injuries paired with losing games they had a lead for almost the entire game was not a great recipe for success. This is where the Cookie Club comes into place. After a night game at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, a group of Mets decided to order cookies for delivery. The contingent of players included Pete Alonso, who won the HR Derby along with setting the Rookie HR record, Jeff Mcneil, JD Davis, Dom Smith, and Michael Conforto. The next game, everyone in that group raked from the plate, so the idea stuck. The guys would meet up after every road game to eat cookies, drink milk, and just be guys. Before this, they were not having enough fun. They needed to be more laid back. This was a perfect way for them to do that. Chemistry is everything.
The on the field success directly translated. For the rest of the season, Mets players took to shouting, “Peanut butter cups!” at each other whenever one of them did something good on the field. As time went on, different players from the team joined the club, ranging from veteran infielder Todd Frazier to rookie callup Sam Haggerty. They used each other to become better baseball players. For example, one night toward the middle of the season, the group was watching Madison Bumgarner pitch when Davis noted he was having trouble picking up the release points of pitchers with funky deliveries, like Giants southpaws Bumgarner and Tony Watson. Alonso mentioned that when he faces unorthodox pitchers, he tries to line up their release points with advertisements on the center-field fence. Using that tip a few days later in San Francisco, Davis had two of the Mets’ five hits against Bumgarner.
The 2019 Mets Cookie camaraderie should carry over into 2020, as they are a team many should look out for in a very loaded NL East. With a stacked pitching staff, led by back-to-back Cy Young award winning pitcher Jacob deGrom, and power hitters in the middle of the lineup, they are very dangerous. All that is left, is that the bullpen can close out games and the epidemic that we are faced with dies down. Watch out National League, the Mets are coming.