L: Little Brother
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before; the New York Yankees are beginning the season as one of the favorites to win the World Series. The Mets, on the other hand, are considered to be fringe postseason contenders. What could be sweeter than the Mets establishing themselves as equals in the Big Apple?
M: Miami Marlins
The Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies, and Washington Nationals are all expected to seriously contend for the postseason. The Mets need to take advantage of every game against the struggling Marlins to make this season a success.
N: NL East
The NL East is the toughest division in baseball. The Phillies acquired Bryce Harper and J.T. Realmuto. The Braves added Josh Donaldson to their mix of young stars. The Nationals lost their prized free agent but added Patrick Corbin to their dangerous mix of starting pitching and hitters. The Mets offseason acquisitions should create a much more competitive team. Whether it will be enough to contend with this group remains to be seen.
Conforto and Nimmo are locked into their positions. If Lagares and Broxton are unable to make strides during the season, the Mets will be faced with a serious dilemma. Van Wagenen’s willingness to make moves may set the team up to add another major league center fielder at the trade deadline in need be.