The New York Mets boast one of the best starting pitching staffs in all of MLB, but injuries have plagued this team that made the postseason last year. The Mets need good health and a better offense to get back. Will they top their posted wins total of 88.5?
Two of the biggest problems for Manager Terry Collins and the Mets (87-75, 2nd in NL East in 2016) this Regular Season could be in trying to set a dominating tone at Home at Citi Field in Queens, where New York went just 44-37 last year, and in scoring more Runs. Despite setting a franchise-high with 218 HRs, the Mets (88½ -105 Regular Season Wins, BetMania) scored just 671 Runs -- tied for the fourth-lowest total in the NL -- last season with the Padres (686) even crossing the plate more times than New York (40-36 vs. NL East).
In their NL East, the Mets (14/1 to win World Series, Bovada) will have to hope Washington (91½u -125, BetMania) regresses and that perceived divisional dregs Atlanta (74½o -125, BetMania), Philadelphia (73o -130, BetMania) and Miami (76½u -125, BetMania) don’t improve too much. The good news? Philadelphia (610), Atlanta (649) and Miami (655), respectively, scored the first, second and third least Runs in the Senior Circuit.
Offseason Moves Minimal
One of the most enigmatic teams in MLB, the Amazin's and GM Sandy Alderson stood largely pat in the Offseason, not even adding one player to the 40-man Roster but re-signing big bats Yoenis Céspedes (29½ Regular Season HRs, Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook) and Neil Walker while seeing 43-year-old Bartolo Colón (Braves) leave. The Mets (8/1 to win NL, Bovada) had three starting pitchers on the DL to end last season in Jacob deGrom (Elbow), Matt Harvey (Shoulder) and Steven Matz (Elbow) and will hope all can have injury-free 2017’s. Alas, Matz already is having some arm issues.
With LF Céspedes (29 HRs), CF Curtis Granderson and either Michael Conforto or Jay Bruce in right, the Mets have assembled a nice outfield with good sticks. Gold Glove CF Juan Lagares (Oblique) and Brandon Nimmo (hamstring) providing nice depth, but both presently are dealing with injuries.
The Metropolitans have a solid infield with semi-icon David Wright hurt again and likely giving way to José Reyes at 3B, underrated Asdrúbal Cabrera at SS, Walker at 2B with Lucas Duda at 1B. Wilmer Flores can play 1B, 2B and 3B, TJ Rivera is a backup 2B and New York has a hot prospect at SS in 21-year-old Dominican Amed Rosario.
New York (+160 to win NL East, Bovada) open its talented rotation with a pair of right-handed aces in Syndergaard (13½ Regular Season Wins, Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook) and DeGrom (11½, SuperBook) and with Harvey, Matz and Zack Wheeler have possibly a Top 3 staff, health depending, with Robert Gsellman a potential No. 5. Closer Jeurys Familia faces a potential suspension, but Addison Reed is a capable fill-in and Hansel Robles, Jerry Blevins, Josh Edgin and Fernando Salas are the other Mets’ Relievers, with Travis d’Arnaud, René Rivera and Kevin Plawecki as Catchers.
Conclusions: Health Of Arms Key To Mets Success
So Tim Tebow didn’t make the cut for the Mets? We chuckle together brother. The obvious keys to New York’s season will be health, establishing a better home-field edge and run production while getting the upper hand on NL East foes Washington (7-12 in 2016), Atlanta (9-10), Miami (12-7) and Philadelphia (12-7). The best record New York (-160 to make Playoffs, BetOnline) registered vs. one team last season was against Cincinnati (6-0). The Mets went an impressive 5-2 against the world champion Cubs but New York went a combined 2-11 in the Mountain Time Zone vs. the Diamondbacks (1-5) and Rockies (1-6).
METS PREDICTED RECORD: 85-77MLB FUTURES PICK: 'Under' 88 WinsBest Line Offered: BetMania