With Mets Opening Day only a week 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?
Head here to read Part 5: Who will be the Mets’ kryptonite this season?
Head here to read Part 6: Which player is most likely to disappoint?
Head here to read Part 7: Which pitcher are you most excited to watch this season?
JT. Teran, Editor
The Mets will be a better team in 2017 than they were in 2016. In fact, I’m so confident about this Mets team that I’m willing to say they’ll be better than the National League East champion 2015 team. That year, the Mets won 90 games and won their division by 7 full games, so this team has a lot to live up to, in my opinion.
It’s not going to be an easy year, but I’m predicting they’ll be able to stay a lot healthier than they did last season. While I wouldn’t be surprised to see Matt Harvey, and Steven Matz miss some time at different intervals of the year, the Mets have built their pitching depth to take a hit or two of that magnitude. Guys like Robert Gsellman, and Seth Lugo will be big factors this year, and that is not all that bad.
On the offensive side, this Mets team will have another year under its belt, and while age is sure to be a factor, the experience this lineup has is incredible. I also think we’ll get an absolutely huge year from Michael Conforto. While it’s true we don’t even know where he’s going to fit in with this roster, I think he’ll force himself into the lineup by plain and simply hitting.
The Mets are going to smash the ball, and they’re also going to keep striking out a ton. That’s just the type of the team they are. It’s going to be a fun ride this summer, and ultimately, one that ends with another National League East title.
It’ll be a tight race, but the Mets will finish 94-68, 2 games ahead of the hated Washington Nationals.