The 2019 New York Mets look like a promising team. Before the year begins, let’s make some bold predictions.
With the New York Mets ready to begin another season, I thought this would be a good time to prognosticate a bit and see what this team may have in store for us fans during the 2019 season.
Now while we all wish and envision our favorite teams getting to and winning the World Series, predicting that result year in and year out isn’t necessarily the most pragmatic or original of ideas.
In fact, it’s just plain downright “homerish”.
So in an effort to not come off as such, here are five bold predictions (other than the Mets winning the World Series) that I can plausibly forsee happening in 2019.
Prediction 1: Peter Alonso will lead all National League Rookie in home runs and RBI
Mets first basemen prospect Peter Alonso will have a chance to win the starting job at first come this Spring Training. Despite the myriad of moves general manager Brodie Van Wagenen has made towards solidifying the starting infield and outfield positions, first base is still up for grabs going into this Spring. Alonso’s massive frame and impressive power numbers that he generated in Double-A and Triple-A last year make him the favorite to try and land this job come 2019.
I predict he will win the starting first baseman’s job and then will go on to put up very impressive stats throughout the year as compared to other NL rookies. Alonso compares very favorably in size and power to the Phillies young slugging first baseman Rhys Hoskins. If given an ample amount of at-bats during the regular season, there should be no reason why 24-year-old out of Tampa, Florida shouldn’t be able to generate 25 home runs and 75 to 80 RBI’s minimum.
With Vladimir Jr. Guerrero playing in the American League for Toronto in his rookie campaign and young phenoms Juan Soto and Ronald Acuna Jr. now going into 2019 as sophomores instead of rookies, the competition for Alonso shouldn’t be as fierce.
Only Victor Robles of the Nationals and Fernando Tatis Jr. of the Padres are two players that I believe could challenge Alonso for the coveted title of leading all NL rookies in the power categories of home runs and RBI this upcoming year.