T: Travis d’Arnaud
A former top catching prospect, d’Arnaud has quickly plummeted to the verge of irrelevance. Wilson Ramos has taken over the starting job, and he had to fight to supplant Devin Mecoraco as the primary backstop off the bench. However, I predict these changes will be good for d’Arnaud’s season. He will finally be able to get fully healthy and take advantage of every at-bat he is given. Expect a bounce-back year from him this season.
U: Utility Players
New General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen has clearly placed a great deal of value on players who can play multiple defensive positions. The team has added multifunctional players like Lowrie and JD Davis, while also experimenting with Jeff McNeil in the outfield. When injuries do begin to take their toll on the roster, these players will give Gallaway maximum flexibility with his lineup.
The Mets chose to keep Jason Vargas as their fifth starter instead of pursuing free agents such as Gio Gonzalez or Dallas Keuchel. While Vargas has been the epitome of inconsistency during his time in Queens, he did show promising signs after the All-Star Break last season. If he can regain even a little of his All-Star form from 2017, the Mets will have the best rotation in baseball.
While fans may not want to admit it, the team’s current window to win in quickly closing. The Mets were able to make one World Series appearance in 2015 but were unable to capture the title. Jacob deGrom’s contract was up in the air all offseason. Syndergaard’s long-term status with the team is also questionable, while Zack Wheeler is slated to become a free agent at the end of the season.