Worst Case Scenario
Now for every Mets fans favorite part of the article. Mets fans have justly come to not only expect injuries but accept them as part of #MetsLuck. For any Mets fan, optimism is quickly met by hoards of pessimists (or self-proclaimed realists) which dims the hopeful light of the few optimistic fans this franchise still has.
The injury bug can bite and bite hard at any moment and Wheeler is not immune, unfortunately. With a pretty severe recent injury history, it wouldn’t be all that surprising if one of his past injuries were to flare up. This is not a given, obviously, so I choose to remain hopeful for a season full of health for the Mets.
I like to think of myself as an optimistic-leaning realist so these worst-case scenarios are never easy to write up. The truth is, even if Wheeler doesn’t reinjure his elbow (which is the obvious worst-case scenario as second surgeries have been known to derail careers), regression is likely coming and honestly, that may not even be so bad.
If Wheeler’s worst-case scenario is twenty-five starts and a mid-3 ERA, I doubt any Mets fans would complain.
After the recent hot-stove deals with Wilson Ramos, Jeurys Familia and the Cano/Diaz trade, the Mets are looking like a serious contender for 2019. With Wheeler being an integral piece to an elite rotation, along with the much-improved offense and bullpen, this coming year will be one to remember in Queens.
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Faith is tough to come by when recent years haven’t gone our way but it’s the offseason! Hope is all we can really have, right? The 2019 season is just around the corner. Ya Gotta Believe.