With Mets Opening Day less than a month away, 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.
Head here to read Part 1:Which Mets pitcher will will earn the fifth starter slot?
Head here to read Part 2: Which player is most likely to surprise?
Head here to read Part 3: Will the Mets stay healthy? First player on the DL?
Head here to read Part 4: What can we expect from David Wright this season?
Michelle Ioannou, Editor
I went with them last year and wasn’t entirely wrong, and I’ll go with them again this year: the Nationals.
Yes, they are our rival and this doesn’t seem to be changing anytime soon, but there’s more than that as well.
Daniel Murphy hit .347 last season with 104 RBIs and 25 home runs. To say he was on fire is an understatement. And to say he was on fire against his former team is even more of an understatement.
To put things even more in perspective for you, Murphy had a .413 average against the Mets. He had a hit in all 19 games against the team. And the Nationals as a whole went 12-7 against the Mets.
If you think it’ll be easier this season, ha! Dusty Baker will definitely not make it so.
However, Atlanta cannot be counted out either. Why? Well do the names Bartolo Colon (ugh, still too soon) and R.A. Dickey ring a bell? Yeah, their starting rotation’s ages combined may be over 100 years old, but damn, can they pitch.
Plus, there’s Matt Kemp. Since the Braves acquired him in the middle of last season, the offense really woke up. It was the spark they needed. And the spark they’ll take with them into this upcoming season.