With Opening Night in Kansas City nearly here, it’s time for Rising Apple’s season preview. Our staff will be weighing in on one topic each day as we tick off the final days to April 3.
First up: Who will be the Mets’ Kryptonite this season?
Danny Abriano, Editor:
When the Mets are bad, they lose to the Marlins in annoying fashion a whole bunch of times every season. And when they’re good, they — you guessed it — lose to the Marlins in annoying fashion a whole bunch of times every season.
I think the Mets will be incredibly good in 2016 and believe the Marlins will finish around .500. But I expect Miami to be their kryptonite, with Jose Fernandez leading the charge.
When you combine the dominance of Fernandez with the overall dominance of the Mets’ starting rotation, it’s safe to expect lots of low-scoring Mets/Marlins games when Fernanez is on the hill. And with that will come extra-inning games…in Miami. And that usually doesn’t end well for the Mets.
So even though I expect the Mets to be scary-good in 2016, I see myself unleashing expletives and firing my remote during multiple walkoff losses to the Marlins in Miami. And there will probably be some late-game failures at Citi Field as well. It’ll be excruciatingly annoying and logic-defying, but it’s par for the course at this point when these two teams get together.
Next: The Nationals, with some help from Murph