Like all teams, the New York Mets have their share of weaknesses. Heading into the 2019 season, these weak areas may hold them back.
It has been an interesting offseason for the New York Mets thus far. Players such as Robinson Cano, Edwin Diaz, Wilson Ramos, and Jed Lowrie have taken their careers to Flushings and all expect to make a postseason push but there might be some more work to do if the Mets want to be playing come mid-October.
Holes have been filled for the Mets so far but there has not been that big splash that makes you say the Mets are the team to beat in the NL East.
Diaz and Jeurys Familia are huge upgrades to the bullpen but it is still lacking something. Robinson Cano and Wilson Ramos will be nice in the middle of the lineup but it is not a scary lineup for a few reasons.
With this being said here are what the weaknesses that are currently holding the Mets back from being a legit contender.
1) A legitimate power bat
When you think of the Mets and you think power bat one thing comes to mind and that’s Yoenis Cespedes. There is just one problem; Cespedes has been dealing with injury after injury and might not see action until late August.
The Mets have added bats to the lineup during the offseason in Cano, Ramos, and Lowrie but they aren’t players that we can guarantee would put up a season as Cespedes did in 2015 and 2016. In those two seasons, Cespedes put up 30-plus home runs each and was a catalyst to the Mets making the postseason both years. Since then Cespedes has dealt with injuries and the Mets haven’t had that big bat to propel them.
If you look at all the top teams they all have at least that one player that has the opposing team worried that he is up to bat. Having that big power bat gives you hope that every time that player comes to plate that he will give something positive whether it’s an RBI, home run, or a hit to get a rally going. Without this big bat, we might see another season with a lot of runners left in scoring position.