This Year's Big Turnaround Team? Mets Could Be Amazin'

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 4:00 PM UTC

Wednesday, Mar. 21, 2018 4:00 PM UTC

It did not used to be this way, where baseball teams came out of nowhere and improved by 15 or 20 games from one season to the next, other than the occasional outlier club that pulled that off. Which club could do it this year? Meet the Mets ...

An MLB team improving 15-20 games from one season to the next is more common today. A team can sign a free-agent pitcher, the rest of the other starting pitchers come together at the same time, and for whatever reason a reconfigured bullpen jells. Toss in three or four hitters having career years and the injury bug does not bite, and a team can go from 90 losses to 90 wins in the span of the year.

Last season we had Minnesota go from 59 wins to 85 and Arizona from 69 Ws to 93, and both were in the playoffs. Who will be this year's surprise team? Read on baseball bettor.

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It Starts With Pitching in Queens

With the hiring of Mickey Callaway as manager, this signaled the end of old-school thinking in the New York Mets' organization. Callaway came from Cleveland after two very successful seasons as their pitching coach and he's embraced the new metrics of the sport. This spring, we have seen changes in how the Mets will do business going forward, which should be a blessing for their fans since it seemed last year's entire roster spent some time on the DL.

One of the reasons why New York could take a quantum leap is their starting pitching. Granted, this has been an injury-laden group, but the five guys who will start the season in the rotation are all under 30 and have proven at various points they can be very effective and sometimes dominating. In order, the Mets have Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Steven Matz and Zack Wheeler. Based on Callaway's results in Cleveland, we are anticipating a smarter rotation, improved training methods and one that is less self-absorbed.

The bullpen will also be better with Jeurys Familia back at closer.

Run Production Is Possible and Schedule Helps

On paper, the Metropolitans' everyday lineup card is not imposing, but that has always been the case of teams that assembled quick turnarounds and beat the MLB odds.

The outfield might not win any Golden Gloves, but if Yoenis Cespedes, Michael Conforto and Jay Bruce can start for three-quarters of the season, that would be a positive development. Todd Frazier makes the Mets better at third base. Adrian Gonzalez will be 36 in May and appears in real decline. However, he did not appreciate how he was shoved out in L.A. and might have one last go-round as an above-average first sacker.

Playing 19 games against Atlanta, Philadelphia and Miami should only enhance New York's prospects. Along with taking advantage of other rebuilding teams like Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and San Diego.

Put the entire package together and for MLB picks, the New York Mets are poised to be this season's turnaround team!

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