Mets single-season records someone could break in 2019
By Allen Settle
All records are made to be broken. In 2019, these New York Mets single-season records could get beaten.
The 2019 New York Mets season represents an array of potential outcomes. If the team catches a few breaks, they could very well find themselves playing deep into October. They are also one major injury or cold stretch away from being surpassed a number of dangerous division foes.
As the Mets’ revamped roster fights for playoff contention, several key players may have a legitimate chance to break some of the franchise’s all-time, single-season records. Let’s check out some of the players with a chance to make history!
Strikeouts: Michael Conforto
If someone had to place a wager on a Mets record getting broken in 2019, the strikeout record would be the most logical choice. David Wright holds the team’s all-time record for strikeouts in a single season with 161 in 2010. Conforto struck out 159 times in 2018. Not only is it possible for this record to fall, it almost seems likely.
Chance the record will be broken in 2019: 69%
Home Runs: Michael Conforto
While setting the club strikeout record isn’t exactly an exciting notion for Mets fans, there may be a silver lining. Conforto’s tendency to swing for the fences should also result in some notable power production. Carlos Beltran (2006) and Todd Hundley (1996) are currently tied atop the Mets home run leaderboard with 41.
Breaking that record would take a significant upgrade in Conforto’s performance. He hit 27 homers in 2017 and 28 in 2018. However, considering Conforto’s strength and the league’s current emphasis on the longball, it seems reasonable that he could hit 30-35 homers this season. One hot streak and the all-time record could be within his grasp.
Chance the record will be broken in 2019: 9%
Saves: Edwin Diaz
If history repeats itself, Diaz has an excellent chance at rewriting the record books during his first season in Queens. He established himself as one of the top closers in baseball with an incredible 57 saves for the Seattle Mariners in 2018. The Mets club record is held by Jeurys Familia at 51 (2016).
There are some concerns about Diaz playing a traditionally fluky position in a new market. However, if he can come close to his normal standard of production, Diaz will likely find himself atop the all-time leader board.
Chance the record will be broken in 2019: 60%
Strikeouts: Jacob deGrom or Noah Syndergaard
The Mets record for strikeouts is held by legendary pitcher Tom Seaver (with 289 in 1971). The fact that two current players have a legitimate chance to break that record shows the incredible potential of the rotation. deGrom’s 269 strikeouts came close last year.
While it may be unrealistic for deGrom to improve on his historic 2018 season, in today’s era of strikeouts and power hitting it seems feasible for him to add another 20 Ks. It will be interesting to see if a possible innings limit (due to contract negotiations) may hamper his pursuit.
Syndergaard’s ability to contend for this record will depend mostly on his health and availability. His 115 strikeouts in 2018 seem far off the pace. However, Syndergaard’s 218 strikeouts (in 183.2 innings) in 2016 show his raw ability.
If Thor can shake off past injury issues and approach the 200 innings pitched mark, he could very well shatter Seaver’s record.
Chance the record will be broken in 2019 (deGrom): 25%
Chance the record will be broken in 2019 (Syndergaard): 18%
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