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Mets: Jeff McNeil best case and worst case scenarios for 2019

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 13: Jeff McNeil #68 of the New York Mets follows through on a first inning RBI single against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on August 13, 2018 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 13: Jeff McNeil #68 of the New York Mets follows through on a first inning RBI single against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on August 13, 2018 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Worst Case Scenario

This is what nobody wants to talk about. Pinch us and wake us up from the nightmare that would be a bad year from McNeil in 2019.

Many have a lot of faith in McNeil becoming a really good big league player. I’ve brought my license and I’m willing to drive the McNeil hype train. Hopefully, it stays on the tracks.

The worst-case scenario for McNeil is that we realize his rookie season was a fluke. Suddenly, he can’t make as much contact anymore. When he does, he’s hitting soft grounders right at people or popping out to end a rally. When facing lefties, he’s an automatic out. On defense, he’s giving away routine plays.

I’m disgusted thinking about an alternate timeline where this is what happens. I don’t think it will, but we must discuss the “what if.”

What if McNeil does have a horrendous sophomore slump? Would the Mets move on from him quickly and try to find another second baseman moving forward?

As a guy on a league minimum contract who wasn’t expected to do much before 2018, McNeil still has a lot to prove. Those troll-like doubters are out there. The undying Mets pessimism may overtake the minds of some.

McNeil showed us a lot of good in 2018. In 2019, the worst case scenario is the disappearance of it all.

Now that they have Robinson Cano lined up to begin the year at second base, there’s an easy replacement. In the darkest timeline, McNeil fades in Mets history and it all begins in 2019.

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