Mets 2017 Season Preview: Playoff and World Series predictions
JT. Teran, Editor
NL Wild Card: Giants over Nationals
AL Wild Card: Blue Jays over Tigers
NLDS: Mets over Cubs in 5
NLDS: Dodgers over Giants in 5
ALDS: Astros over Blue Jays in 4
ALDS: Red Sox over Indians in 5
NLCS: Mets over Dodgers in 6
ALCS: Red Sox over Astros in 7
World Series: Mets over Red Sox in 6
As predicted last week, the Mets will win 94 games in 2017, and have the third best record in the National League behind the Dodgers and the Cubs. Since they’ll win the N.L. East, we won’t have to suffer through the agony of a one-game playoff. That honor will go to the Washington Nationals and the San Francisco Giants once again.
The Giants will, of course, send Madison Bumgarner out there again, and he will, of course, dominate. San Francisco will back to the NLDS to face, and ultimately lose to the hated Los Angeles Dodgers.
For the Mets, it’ll be like 2015 all over again, but in reverse. First, we’ll see a repeat of the 2015 NLCS in the first round of the playoffs as we’ll face the defending champion Chicago Cubs. This series will be low scoring, and without Daniel Murphy, the Cubs may actually win a game or two. The Mets will wrap up the series in Chicago on the back of Noah Syndergaard outshining Jake Arrieta.
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This will set up the NLCS showdown between the Dodgers and the Mets – a repeat of the 2015 NLDS. The Mets are going to lose to Kershaw, twice, but that’ll be the only times they lose. A healthy rotation and an MVP-like performance from Yoenis Cespedes will propel the Mets to their second World Series appearance in three years as they’ll again clinch away from home in Game 6.
While the Mets were rolling through the National League, on the other side, the 91-win Boston Red Sox were doing the same. Since the World Series’ home field advantage no longer has to do with whoever wins the All-Star Game (spoiler the AL will win it again), the final postseason series of the year will start at Citi Field.
This will be a series of epic proportions. Not only will you have a repeat of the 1986 World Series, and, unfortunately, the last time the Mets won it, but you’ll also have a pretty spectacular matchup overall. The Red Sox and their young core will undoubtedly be hungry for a title, but the Mets’ own studs got to see and feel a World Series appearance before, and they’re not going to let it get away this time.
I see the two teams splitting the first four games. The Mets will win game 1, and lose game 2 at home. Then they’ll win game 3 on the back of the Dark Knight in Fenway Park, but lose game 4. Game 5 will mark a rematch of aces as Noah Syndergaard and defending AL Cy Young award-winner Rick Porcello take the mound. This will be the critical game for the Mets to win and I see them taking it in one of the most tightly-contested games of the season. It’ll be something like 2-1 or 3-2. It’s going to make us sick, but it’ll be worth it.
Unlike 1986, this time we won’t have to wait for a game 7 to celebrate. The Mets will wrap up their championship season in game 6 in a chilly New York night. Jacob deGrom will start and will give the Mets a solid start. The offseason will have a breakout game for this World Series, and we’ll be celebrating by the 7th inning, as we sense it’s already in the bag.
We might as well start organizing the parade now because this is definitely going to happen.