The New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies had a lot of disappointment in 2019, but in different ways. The Mets season was a roller coaster ride, and they battled to get themselves back in the Wild Card hunt. However, due to countless heartbreaking losses at the hands of their bullpen, they fell just short of making the playoffs.
For the Phillies, expectations were high heading into 2019, mainly because of their active offseason. By adding players such as Bryce Harper, J.T. Realmuto, and Jean Segura among others, many believed this was a playoff team, and that they'd in fact win the NL East. Well, they fell short of even making it to the Wild Card game, and they even finished behind the Mets in the standings.
After the 2019 season, the Mets fired Mickey Callaway, and the Phillies fired Gabe Kapler. Now, both teams are in the hunt for a new manager, and there's a chance that each team prefers the top managerial candidate, Joe Girardi. The question here is if Girardi is offered the job by both teams, which job is more appealing?
There's no denying that both teams have holes. For the Phillies, they have a great young pitcher in Aaron Nola, however they need more starting pitching depth. Their starting staff struggled in 2019, and their bullpen was mediocre at best. When you look at their position players, they have some nice pieces led by Bryce Harper. However, you have to wonder if they have enough to produce consistent offense. At the same time, upper management showed they will spend money to try and improve the team. There's also no denying the passion of Philadelphia fans. If you can lead the team to the promise land, the fanbase will absolutely love you. However, if you struggle, they'll run you right out of town.
For the Mets, this job may seem more intriguing. They have one of the better starting pitching staffs in baseball, and a pretty productive offense. The main issue with them is their bullpen. Their bullpen costed them plenty of games in 2019, and it needs improvement. Not to mention, upper management is not always willing to spend a lot of money to improve the team, which may steer several managerial candidates away. For the fans of New York, they appreciate a competitive team and hard work. However, at times they will run you out of New York, but maybe not to the same degree to that of Philadelphia fans.
For someone like Joe Girardi, if he's offered both jobs, he will have to decide which team is more appealing to lead. The Phillies have a core of Bryce Harper, Aaron Nola, J.T. Realmuto, and Rhys Hoskins (though he struggled at times in 2019). The Mets have a core of Pete Alonso, Jacob deGrom, Michael Conforto, and Jeff McNeil. Which team looks to have more promise going forward?
The Mets seem to have the better core at this point, however the Phillies look like they will be willing to spend money at any point. Currently, it looks like the Mets job is more intriguing. But, that can all change in free agency. That's why interviews are important. Teams can discuss what they're looking to do in the future.
Even in the offseason, the Mets and the Phillies are competing.