The New York Mets will be absent from the MLB playoffs for the fifth consecutive season. A summer that began with the Mets being in the driver’s seat to win the NL East concluded with them ensuring back-to-back losing seasons.

Surely, Jacob deGrom missing the second half of the season was a catalyst for the Mets’ second-half collapse, but it wasn’t the Grim Reaper of their season, if you will. What ultimately led to New York coming up short was the disappointing seasons put forth at the plate by Jeff McNeil and Dominic Smith.

Here’s how the pair of homegrown players doomed the Mets’ 2021 season.


Jeff McNeil and Dominic Smith regressed for the New York Mets

One year ago, McNeil was one of the best pure hitters in MLB. He put the ball in play at a high level thanks to a level, compact swing. McNeil was also a considerable power threat who found tremendous success at the top of the Mets’ order.

He set the table for those behind him and was a reliable .300 hitter. Back to the present and McNeil is in the midst of the worst season of his big-league career.