By Abbi Buck
The 2019 season for the New York Mets was a bit of a rollercoaster. If you were to look at them on paper at the beginning of the season, they looked dang good. However, the Mets started off on the wrong foot going 40-50 and being the second to last team in their league before the All-Star break. I guess they didn’t realize just how good they could have been until they had three players representing the franchise in the All-Star game, a Cy Young pitcher, and the Home Run Derby champion. It wasn’t until the after All-Star break that the Mets started picking up speed, as they should have from the beginning. The Mets finished the season going 86-76 and placing 3rd in the NL East. Not a bad finish for a not-so-great start.
The 2020 season, though short, could be a fabulous year for the Mets. On paper, again, it looks like they could dominate and hang with the best of them. First, their starting pitching is going to be deeeeeeeep. Even without Noah Syndergaard, who is out with a UCL tear he got at the beginning of Spring Training, the Mets will still bring the heat. Marcus Stroman, Steven Matz, Michael Wacha, along with the two-time Cy Young award winner Jacob deGrom will be dangerous combination on the mound.
We are bringing back a lot of great players for our lineup too, including Rookie of the Year Pete “Polar Bear” Alonso. We are all expecting great things from him this season. Because of the short 60-game schedule, he may not reach 53 home runs this year, but honestly I wouldn’t put it past him to do it. Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Amed Rosario, and Brandon Nimmo have been looking sharp this preseason. I hoping that in the near future we see a lot of the Big Home Run Apple because of those guys.
Having the DH this year will be big time because now we can add power hitters like J. D. Davis, Yoenis Céspedes, Dominic Smith, and Robinson Canó into the mix. It’s insane how deep our roster will be this season, especially with the new players we traded for right before the start of #SummerCamp. The only thing that could stop them from being the best is their own crazy selves and the relief pitchers: Edwin Díaz, Seth Lugo, Dellin Betances, and Jeurys Familia. They were our Achilles heel there for a bit, but bounced back towards the end of the season.
I honestly can’t wait for season to finally start! The roster for the 2020 New York Mets looks tough and I know you’ll be seeing a lot of them this October! #LFGM