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New York Mets: Three Michael Wacha predictions for 2020

ST. LOUIS, MO - JULY 27: Michael Wacha #52 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches during the third inning against the Houston Astros at Busch Stadium on July 27, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Scott Kane/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - JULY 27: Michael Wacha #52 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches during the third inning against the Houston Astros at Busch Stadium on July 27, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Scott Kane/Getty Images)
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ATLANTA, GEORGIA – MAY 15: Michael Wacha #52 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches in the first inning against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park on May 15, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

At some point, fans will beg for more Wacha

Either due to his own high-level performance or the struggles from another starter, I predict there will be some overreaction maybe in 2020 when a chunk of fans is begging for more Wacha. There are some obvious candidates he could replace in the rotation.

Longtime Mets starter Steven Matz, as well as newcomer Rick Porcello, are the first in line to move into the bullpen if they put together miserable campaigns. If Wacha is pitching well, you better believe “Wacha SZN” Twitter handles will pop up all over the place.

Fans are reactionary. That’s the whole point of rooting for a team. You jump over logic to a conclusion. A slow start from either Matz or Porcello will have many fans wanting a change.

There’s also a possibility Marcus Stroman or even Noah Syndergaard becomes the target. I feel this is a little less likely given their past performances. However, there are people out there who aren’t as big of fans as those two as most Mets fans are.

Wacha isn’t going to be bad in 2020. I still think he’s best utilized as an emergency option for the rotation. This organization doesn’t have much depth in the minor leagues. The other starters ahead of him need an opportunity to succeed.

At some point in 2020, Wacha is going to look fabulous while another starter is going to be in a terrible slump. When it happens, pitchforks are going to get sharpened a little too quickly.

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