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New York Mets player predictions for the 2019 MLB season

PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - MARCH 05: Ball and gloves of the New York Mets sit in the dugout before a game against the Washington Nationals at Digital Domain Park on March 5, 2012 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. The Nationals defeated the Mets 3-1. (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)
PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - MARCH 05: Ball and gloves of the New York Mets sit in the dugout before a game against the Washington Nationals at Digital Domain Park on March 5, 2012 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. The Nationals defeated the Mets 3-1. (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 20: Zack Wheeler #45 of the New York Mets walks back to the dugout after the first inning against the San Francisco Giants on August 20, 2018 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Zack Wheeler

This should be a fun year for Zack Wheeler. Fresh from a career-year in 2019, he’s in the final season of control under the Mets and riding into this year on a very high horse.

Wheeler may be the most interesting pitcher on the Mets staff. If he can pick up where he left off (he posted a 3.31 ERA in the second half of next season), Wheeler could make his way into the Cy Young conversation. He also led the major leagues last season by posting the lowest percentage of hard-hit balls (with 24.8%). – Allen Settle

Zack Wheeler showed a lot of progress last season and flashes of what we all knew he was capable of. There’s no reason to believe he can’t keep that up this year. – Kevin Strauss

Is Zack Wheeler for real? He’ll have to answer that question and more this year. I do think he found his mojo last season and it’s not going away quite yet. He’ll finish the year with similar statistics with a slightly lower ERA due to a better start to the year. I will also boldly claim he leads the staff in wins. – Tim Boyle

Outside of Conforto and Nimmo, I expect Zack Wheeler to make the biggest improvement in 2019 as a starter.  – Steve Malik

Wheeler was a sight for sore eyes in 2018 and will definitely be part of the Mets’ starting pitching core. I am sure that, like Matz, Wheeler’s confidence has been boosted since last season and I expect him to be even better in 2019. – Leen Amin

Wheeler will pitch as he did during the second half of 2018 with only slight regression toward the mean. He’ll injure himself in July but will be used out of the pen in a September postseason push. – Nick Scheurer

Wheeler will build off of his 2018 season. He may have to skip a start here and there in order to be able to pitch in September and October. – Mark Sales

Despite missing a handful of starts due to blister issues, Wheeler finishes in top 10 in Cy Young voting. – Jason Dye

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