Mets: Three biggest concerns heading into the 2020 season
The Outfield’s Health
Last season, due to a number of factors, the Mets ended up starting more infielders in the outfield than the natural outfielder they already had on the major league roster.
In fact, the only outfielder to last the season without missing significant time was Michael Conforto.
Due to injuries to Yoenis Cespedes and Brandon Nimmo, as well as Juan Lagares struggling and Keon Broxton getting DFA’d, natural infielders like Jeff McNeil, JD Davis, and Dominic Smith ended up getting the majority of reps in the outfield for New York.
While they all performed admirably, the Mets also ended up having to call up a lot of journeymen veterans such as Carlos Gomez and Rajai Davis to help provide depth due to injures in the infield as well.
McNeil or Davis is expected to start the 2020 season as the starting third basemen, so that’s one less option for them and having to constantly shove infielders in the outfield is never the ideal situation, especially for a contending team.
Hopefully, natural outfielders like Cespedes and Nimmo can remain healthy the entire season, and but both players have had a recent history of injuries, and like with the bullpen, there are no certainties as to what New York will get out of them in 2020.