The New York Mets will be an interesting team to keep an eye on in 2018. The potential for the starting pitching with Jacob DeGrom, Matt Harvey, Seth Lugo, Zach Wheeler, and Noah Syndergaard is hard to argue with.
With key additions like Adrian Gonzalez and Todd Frazier, this team will have a great group of veterans to lead this team into battle. These guys thrive in the locker room with great leadership. Bringing Jay Bruce back as well should help this lineup and make it a stronger unit.
The injuries that plagued this lineup changed the outlook of last season. They lost Syndergaard, Céspedes played half a season at 81 games, Conforto went down, and that is just the tip of the iceberg.
Staying healthy for this Mets team this season will be the most important factor that could keep them afloat in a division where the Washington Nationals will run rampant. The Nats are far and away the best team in the NL East but the Mets by staying healthy could make the playoffs getting a wildcard spot.
I like the Idea of Mickey Callaway being the manager, and at only 42 years old he will be able to connect with his team.
The Mets were a team with high hopes going into the 2017 season and those hopes were dashed mostly because of injuries sustained to a good number of their stars. Getting some new blood into this clubhouse should open up some doors for this team.
The Mets only had 69 wins last season but their team is seeming to be shaping up pretty well, and things are starting to look up.
Another big get during the offseason was pitcher Jason Vargas and as most people know with the injuries pitchers sustain nowadays it is important to have a backup plan, or three or four extra guys, in case things go awry. Vargas, the 35-year-old lefty, had a solid 2017 with the Royals, getting 18 wins. His ERA was high at 4.16, so the expectations are set for him, and are not out of the question.
The problem now is there are reports that he has a fractured right hand, which is the exact opposite result any team wants and needs especially for the Mets who are looking for a bounce back year. Surgery on that hand has been discussed and he is reportedly meeting with a hand specialist to discuss the options. This could be a huge blow to the Mets pitching rotation and the prospects of the team.
Overall this team needs to have a good start but the most important factor for this team is staying healthy. I know that every team needs some luck to make an impact but especially last season everything that could have gone wrong for this team went wrong.
They will have a bounce back season and my prediction is that they will sneak in and get a wildcard spot.
The talent they posses can measure up to some of the better teams especially in the National League.
As a Yankees fan I actually root for the Mets because it is fun to watch two powerful teams duke it out in New York. I think this season people are going to want to meet the Mets, because they seem like they are shaping up to be a fun team to watch.
I think the playoffs will be in the Mets’ future but they are going to need to be running on full cylinders in order to make it far into October.
Get ready Mets fans for the 2018 season opener on March 29th against the St. Louis Cardinals.