The New York Mets are a contender again in 2017 on the strength of a starting rotation that goes seven deep, but of all the contenders this team has the most questions. They did very little in the offseason to address the problems it faced last year. Instead, they brought back Yoenis Cespedes which was almost a must and will have to rely on better health in the rotation and across the diamond to help lead to better results.
With all of this pitching talent, will the Mets be able to get enough out of its bullpen to hold the leads of the starters and will they get enough offense to support the pitching staff?
2016 Record: 87-75
2016 Moneyline Record: -7.55 Units
2016 Over/Under Total Record: 74-85-3
Current World Series Odds: +1314
Current Odds To Win NL: +693
Current Odds To Win NL East: +153
Regular Season Win Total: 87.5
The bullpen was already light last year and now they’re going to have to deal with an inevitable suspension of Jeurys Familia, moving Addison Reed into the closers role temporarily and leaving them with next to nothing to bridge over from the starters.
Speaking of the starters, that’s the obvious strength for the Mets. Noah Syndergaard has elevated himself to that of one of the few true aces in the game and with Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey and Steven Matz behind him, that’s quite a strength, assuming everyone is healthy which is a huge stretch. After all, each and every one of those arms have some issue or another as the season came to a close. The biggest concern might be Harvey as his velocity has been way down this spring.
Still, assuming health, that’s a very good one through four and the Mets have three other viable candidates for the rotation in Zack Wheeler who finally seems healthy after two years, Robert Gsellman and Seth Lugo. Gsellman and Lugo pitched to a 2.42 and 2.67 ERA respectively in limited big league action last year and Lugo looked especially sharp in the World Baseball Classic.
Pitching wins championships and this team is hoping to ride its starting staff to the Promised Land just as it did in 2015. In that year, the offense was abysmal until the acquisition of Cespedes. In 2017, there’s more offensive talent on the field.
In 2016, Cespedes proved his 2015 second half in New York was real. He thrived in the environment and chose to return. He’s one of the better hitters in the division, if not the league, but is that enough?
The rest of the outfield is a bit perplexing. Curtis Granderson is far too old to be in centerfield. Those days are behind him, yet he’ll be the starter up the middle due to a glut of corner outfielders and utility guys, but no true centerfielder with enough of a bat to warrant the spot. In right, Jay Bruce should be better than the version Mets fans suffered through down the stretch in 2016. He’s one of the streakier players in the game and New York saw him at his worst. They’ll get both the good and the bay Bruce over a full season.
As for the infield, the names aren’t half bad, but everybody is a significant injury risk. Neil Walker, Lucas Duda and David Wright all missed significant time last year and Wright is already out of the picture to start 2017. Jose Reyes should fill in there and he alongside Asdrubal Cabrera make a respectable, though not great, left side of the infield.
On the right side, they spent a lot to bring back Neil Walker on a qualifying offer deal and have the consistently oversold Lucas Duda at first. Meanwhile, behind the plate is likely the biggest question of all.
Mets fans have essentially given up on Travis d’Arnaud ever developing into an average catcher. He cannot throw guys out to save his life which is compounded by a Mets’ pitching staff that’s not really adept at holding runs. At the plate, he’s regressed, too.
In the end, this is the team that is best equipped to upset Washington in the NL East, but that’s only the case if they can starve off injuries to a team that’s exceptionally injury-prone. It’s not likely, but if that happens and the Nat’s rotation is forced to go seven or eight deep, the Mets could take the division.
Likewise, with so many questions, this team could go in the completely opposite direction. If Cespedes misses time, this team could sputter on offense and with arm issues abound in the rotation, significant DL stays for more than one of the big four could spell doom.
April 3-6: vs. Braves
April 7-9: vs. Marlins
April 10-12: at Phillies
April 13-16: at Marlins
April 18-20: vs. Phillies
April 21-23: vs. Nationals
April 25-27: vs. Braves
April 28-30: at Nationals
It wasn’t long ago that the Braves were the cream of this division and if this were the late 90s, this would be a prime series to start the season. Instead, New York will get to ease into the season with five straight series against sub-.500 teams out of the East. Their first game against a playoff team from last year doesn’t come until April 21 against Washington. Nevertheless, the Mets cannot take the Braves for granted. They made a number of offseason moves that will make them at least somewhat competitive as they move into their new digs.
While not uncommon to play most of your games in April and September against divisional foes, the Mets’ schedule takes that to an extreme, at least in April, where they spend the entire month in division with home and away matchups against all four divisional opponents, including Atlanta, Miami, Philadelphia and Washington.
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The 2017 Major League Baseball season is tentatively set to begin on April 2, 2017, and feature three games, including the 2016 World Series champions Chicago Cubs facing off against the St. Louis Cardinals, which will be ESPN's first Sunday Night Baseball game of the year.
The 88th MLB All-Star Game will be hosted by the Miami Marlins and will be played at Marlins Park on July 11, 2017. It will be televised nationally on Fox.
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