Coming of the board just shy of cracking the top 10 in our power rankings the defending National League Champions New York Mets.
Projected Record: 88-74 2nd in the NL East
Potential Lineup: RF Granderson #3, 2B Walker #20, 3B Wright #5, CF Cespedes #52, 1B Duda #21, LF Confronto #30, C d’Arnaud #7 , SS Cabrera #TBD, Pitcher
Potential Rotation: 1.deGrom #48, 2.Syndergaard #34, 3.Harvey #33, 4.Matz #32, 5.Colon #40
Potential Bullpen: CL Familia #27, 8th Reed #43, 7th Bastardo #TBD Mid Relief: Robles #47, Blevins #13, Torres #72, Gilmartin #36
Potential Bench: C Plawecki #22, OF De Aza #TBD, OF Lagaras #12, IF Tejada #11, IF Flores #4
Injuries: P Wheeler #45, P Edgin #66
No one going into 2015 would’ve predicted the New York Mets to reach the world series. Well folks it happened. The Mets had a magical 2015 that landed them in the fall classic where they fell in five games to the Kansas City Royals. The Mets magic carpet ride to the fall classic really did not kick off until the July Trade Deadline when they bolstered their offense to give their outstanding young starting pitching staff much needed run support. The Mets offense ended up finishing 17th in the majors in runs scored which is incredible because before the additions of Juan Uribe, Kelly Johnson, and of course Yoenis Cespedes the Mets offense was in dead last in the majors and had John Mayberry JR an average ball player at best batting third. Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson won’t be back in flushing in 2016, but the biggest trade piece they acquired in July Yoenis Cespedes will. Cespedes is coming off a 2015 where he batted .291 with 35 homers and knocked in 105 RBI”s in New York and Detroit combined. In his 57 regular season games as a Met Younes hit an amazing 17 home runs knocked in 44 runs and hit a .287 average. Though he fell apart in the postseason, and at the end of September Yoines Cespedes was a huge boost to the Mets everyday lineup and will be the leader of the Mets lineup going into 2016. The Mets offense has a few new faces going into 2016 to go along with guys like Cespedes, Curtis Granderson, and of course those who have been Mets forever in Lucas Duda, and of course the Captain David Wright. The new guys are Neil Walker second basemen that will replace postseason hero and longtime Met Daniel Murphy at that position. In Pittsburgh last season Walker hit to an average of .269, with 16 homers and 71 RBI’s, and should be a nice fit in New York. At shortstop the Mets brought in veteran Asdrubal Cabrera who still can provide some pop as he hit 15 long balls and drove in 58 RBI’s for Tampa Bay last season. The Mets offense certainly has a new look but they should be pretty decent as a whole in 2016. As for the starting pitching there isn’t much to say. The Mets starting pitching is simply fantastic.With not one, not two, not three, but four young Phenoms all coming off great 2015 seasons and all now have October experince. In Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Matt Harvey and Steve Matz the Mets may have the best rotation in the Majors.Than you look at the Mets bullpen and there is major concern. Jeurys Familia proved to be a great closer pitching to a 1.85 ERA, converting on 43/48 save opportunities. Yet he did see some woes towards the end of the season and the Mets really will need him to be a lockdown closer he proved he can be in 2016 as the mid relief and set up spots are looking pretty weak for the Mets. Tyler Clippard a huge July trade chip is no longer in town putting a lot of pressure on guys like Addison Reed, and newly signed Antonio Bastardo to be great. If they struggle it may be an ugly year for the Mets bullpen. The Mets have the potential to be excellent again in 2016 thanks to an incredible starting pitching staff and solid lineup, yet in order to make it back to the fall classic let alone October they need their bullpen to finish games.