How the 2001 Diamondbacks Dominated
The wonderful season and World Series victory of the 2001 Diamondbacks can primarily be attributed to their outstanding rotation.
Luis Gonzalez, who slugged 57 home runs that season, was the only outstanding offensive player on that team. While the rest of the lineup boasted impressive batting averages, no player other than Gonzalez really hit for much power or put up any eye-opening offensive numbers- after all, the rest of the team had a 97 wRC+, which was good for 15th in the league.
Curt Schilling and the great Randy Johnson took that team to glory. Even the rest of the rotation was nothing to write home about: Albie Lopez finished the season with a 4.00 ERA while Brian Anderson and Robert Ellis went into the postseason with ERAs of well over 5.
If the 2001 Diamondbacks could do it, then so can the 2019 Mets; all they have to do is stay healthy. This would, without a doubt, require a little help from the offense.
How the Offense Can Chip In
We saw the true potential of the Mets’ offense at the beginning of and in the second half of the 2018 season. The Mets started the 2018 baseball season as the best team in the league.
That did not last long but they quietly made a nice comeback in the second half: during that time span their offense ranked second in the league and they boasted a 38-30 record, tied with the Atlanta Braves for the best in the NL East.
If the Mets add Kluber to their rotation and can stay healthy in 2019, they will be a force to be reckoned with. Michael Conforto needs to live up to his potential and Jay Bruce, Todd Frazier, Juan Lagares, and Yoenis Cespedes must remain healthy and maintain hot bats throughout the season.
They will need production from their young players, as well: Amed Rosario and Jeff McNeil have shown a great deal of promise and Mets fans are hoping to see solid offensive numbers from them next season.
Even though the Mets were, overall, one of the least offensively-productive teams in 2018, their lineup has the potential of being much deadlier than that of the 2001 Diamondbacks if their hitters can avoid injury.