New York Mets must speed up the process for 2020 success
By Tim Palladino
Watching the Washington Nationals win the 2019 World Series should force the New York Mets to speed up their process to win one of their own in 2020.
The Washington Nationals won the World Series and this will have a big impact on the New York Mets. As a result, serious moves to improve the team must be made to compete in a tough National League East division.
The right moves are needed to become a competitive team for years to come. I’m not saying they have to win it all. However, getting into the playoffs would be a good start.
The Mets are in the right position after a season where they were able to stay competitive through mid-September. A few sprinkles here, a dash of goodness there, and the team is suddenly right there with the best in the league.
Now that a manager has been chosen the team can move forward. Although Carlos Beltran may not have been the first choice for a lot of fans, I will give him a chance and see how he relates to this young group. My hope is his baseball wisdom and ability to relate to the young players will pay off in the standings.
One of the most important things the Mets need to do is improve upon their weaknesses from last year. Expecting them to fix everything overnight is unrealistic. However, Van Wagenen will be put to the task of fixing the most problematic issue: the bullpen.
Whether they were the first man to replace a starter or the closer, the relievers were a mess for the Mets in 2019. Improving Edwin Diaz is essential for this. Without him pitching at his best, there may be no way to make it into the postseason.
The major key to success is getting the Mets to fill the holes plaguing them. There are a couple of different directions this team can go. Personally, I would like them to continue focusing on their biggest strength, the rotation. This could include bringing Zack Wheeler back or even looking to improve the spot he once held. Can you say, Gerrit Cole?
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Whatever the Mets do, the front office needs to take a cue from the division-rival Nationals. They won with a complete roster. The Mets need this and the offseason is the time to make it happen.